Humanities and Social Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, CA 93117
Professor Madsen is the author or co-author of twelve books on Chinese culture, American culture, and international relations. His best known works on American culture are Habits of the Heart and The Good Society. These books explore and criticize the culture of individualism and the institutions that sustain it. Habits of the Heartwon the LA Times Book Award and was jury nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
His books on China include Democracy’s Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Development in Taiwan, Chen Village under Mao and Deng, Morality and Power in a Chinese Village [winner of the C. Wright Mills Award], Unofficial China, China and the American Dream, China’s Catholics: Tragedy and Hope in an Emerging Civil Society, and Popular China: Unofficial Culture in a Globalizing Society.
Books on social theory include: Meaning and Modernity, and The Many and the One: Religious and Secular Perspectives on Ethical Pluralism in the Modern World.