Claude S. Fischer


On his book Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character

Cover Interview of April 25, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How we became the secure, independent, yet group-joining Americans we are.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The availability and expansion of material security and comfort enabled the expansion and solidification of a distinctive American culture.  That culture rests on the notion of community voluntarism: each individual is free to join or leave communities, such as congregations, but while a member of such groups, the individual is bound to be loyal.”

On the second:

“I mean this book to speak to such classic interpretations of America as The Lonely Crowd and Habits of the Heart.  Yet, Made in America challenges many of their conclusions.”