In Memoriam

Robert N. Bellah

University of California at Berkeley (CCS Senior Fellow)

Jeffrey Alexander’s Comments on the Passing of Robert Bellah

Robert Neelly Bellah was an American sociologist and educator, who for 30 years served as professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. His books on the sociology of religion, including Beyond Belief: Essays on Religion in a Post-Traditional World (1970), The Broken Covenant (1975), Habits of the Heart (1985), and The Good Society (1991), have shaped the discipline. In 1985, Habits of the Heart won The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for “Current Interest” and, in 1986, was a Jury Nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-fiction. In 2000, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Clinton.

David E. Apter (1924-2010)

Yale University (CCS Senior Fellow)

In Memoriam: David Apter, Expert on the Birth of Developing Nations, Yale University Office of Public Affairs

New York Times obituary

Shmuel N. Eisenstadt (1923-2010)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CCS Senior Fellow)

Obituary by Jeffrey Alexander and Bernhard Giesen from the American Sociological Association Newsletter Footnotes

Mary Douglas (1921-2007)

University College of London (CCS Senior Fellow)

Dame Mary Douglas was a British anthropologist, known for her writings on human culture and symbolism. Her area was social anthropology; she was considered a follower of Durkheim and a proponent of structuralist analysis, with a strong interest in comparative religion.

New York Times obituary

Clifford Geertz (1926–2006)

Institute for Advanced Study (CCS Senior Fellow)

Clifford Geertz conducted extensive ethnographical research in Southeast Asia and North Africa. He also contributed to social and cultural theory and was influential in turning anthropology toward a concern with the frames of meaning within which various peoples live out their lives. He worked on religion, most particularly Islam, on bazaar trade, on economic development, on traditional political structures, and on village and family life. His latest work involved the general question of ethnic diversity and its implications in the modern world.

Comprehensive website on Clifford Geertz

New York Times obituary