First Edition of The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism; Inscribed by Daniel Bell to Harvard Colleague George Homans

  • The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism.

The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism.


Item Number: 16092

New York: Basic Books, Inc. Publishers, 1976.

First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by Daniel Bell on the front free endpaper a month before publication, “For George and Nancy Homans with affectionate regards, Dan Bell Dec. 18, 1975.” The recipient, George Homans was a sociologist, founder of behavioral sociology and a colleague of Bell’s at Harvard University. He is known for his research in social behavior and his works including The Human Group, Social Behavior: Its Elementary Forms, his Exchange Theory and the many different propositions he enforced to better explain social behavior. A few pencil notes in the text by Homans, fine in a near fine dust jacket. An excellent association, linking these two intellectual giants.

Daniel Bell was an American sociologist and professor at Harvard University, best known for his influential contributions to the study of post-industrialism. He has been described as "one of the leading American intellectuals of the postwar era" (Durham, 1986). For work like The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism, Bell received honorary degrees from Harvard, the University of Chicago, and fourteen other universities in the United States, London, and Japan. He also received the 1992 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1993 Talcott Parsons Prize, and the Tocqueville Award by the French government in 1995. Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism is listed as one of the 100 most influential books since World War II by The Times Literary Supplement in London and named by The National Review as one of the 100 greatest books of the twentieth century.

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