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Fischer, Claude S. 1948-

Overview
Works: 71 works in 248 publications in 1 language and 10,559 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Commentator
Classifications: HT111, 973
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Claude S Fischer
Made in America : a social history of American culture and character by Claude S Fischer( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our nation began with the simple phrase, "We the People." But who were and are "We"? Who were "We" in 1776, in 1865, or 1968, and is there any continuity in character between the "We" of those years and the nearly 300 million people living in the radically different America of today? With this work, the author draws on decades of historical, psychological, and social research to answer that question by tracking the evolution of American character and culture over three centuries. He explodes myths such as that contemporary Americans are more mobile and less religious than their ancestors
Inequality by Design : Cracking the Bell Curve Myth by Claude S Fischer( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not only does the wealth of individuals' parents shape their chances for a good life, so do national policies ranging from labor laws to investments in education to tax deductions. The authors explore the ways that America - the most economically unequal society in the industrialized world - unevenly distributes rewards through regulation of the market, taxes, and government spending. It attacks the myth that inequality fosters economic growth, that reducing economic inequality requires enormous welfare expenditures, and that there is little we can do to alter the extent of inequality. It also attacks the injurious myth of innate racial inequality, presenting powerful evidence that racial differences in achievement are the consequences, not the causes, of social inequality
The urban experience by Claude S Fischer( Book )

26 editions published between 1976 and 2004 in English and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America calling : a social history of the telephone to 1940 by Claude S Fischer( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The telephone looms large in our lives, as ever present in modern societies as cars and television. Claude Fischer presents the first social history of this vital but little-studied technology--how we encountered, tested, and ultimately embraced it with enthusiasm. Using telephone ads, oral histories, telephone industry correspondence, and statistical data, Fischer's work is a colorful exploration of how, when, and why Americans started communicating in this radically new manner. Studying three California communities, Fischer uncovers how the telephone became integrated into the private worlds and community activities of average Americans in the first decades of this century. Women were especially avid in their use, a phenomenon which the industry first vigorously discouraged and then later wholeheartedly promoted. Again and again Fischer finds that the telephone supported a wide-ranging network of social relations and played a crucial role in community life, especially for women, from organizing children's relationships and church activities to alleviating the loneliness and boredom of rural life. Deftly written and meticulously researched, America Calling adds an important new chapter to the social history of our nation and illuminates a fundamental aspect of cultural modernism that is integral to contemporary life. --Publisher
To dwell among friends : personal networks in town and city by Claude S Fischer( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 1991 in English and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Century of difference : how America changed in the last one hundred years by Claude S Fischer( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Still connected : family and friends in America since 1970 by Claude S Fischer( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National news reports periodically proclaim that American life is lonelier than ever and generate considerable anxiety about the declining quality of American's social ties. This book challenges such concerns by asking a simple yet significant question: Have Americans' bonds with family and friends changed since the 1970s, and, if so, how? Noted sociologist Claude S. Fischer examines long-term trends in family ties and friendships and paints an insightful and ultimately reassuring portrait of Americans' personal relationships. This book analyzes forty years of survey research to address whether and how Americans' personal ties have changed- their involvement with relatives, the number of friends they have and their contacts with those friends, the amount of practical and emotional support they are able to count on, and how emotionally tied they feel to these relationships. The book shows that Americans today have fewer relatives than they did forty years ago and that formal gatherings have declined over the decades- at least partially as a result of later marriages and more women in the work force. Yet nether the overall quantity of personal relationships nor, more importantly, the quality of those relationships has diminished. Americans' contact with relatives and friends, as well as their feelings of emotional connectedness, has changed relatively little since the 1970s. Although Americans are marrying later and singly people feel lonely, few Americans report being socially isolated and the percentage who do has not really increased. The author maintains that this constancy testifies to the value Americans place on family and friends and to their willingness to adapt to changing circumstances in ways that sustain their social connections. With so many voices heralding the demise of personal relationships, it's no wonder that confusion on this topic abounds. An engrossing and accessible social history, this book brings a much-needed note of clarity to the discussion. Americans' personal ties, this book assures us, remain strong. -- Inside Cover
Networks and places : social relations in the urban setting by Claude S Fischer( Book )

9 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human aggression and conflict : interdisciplinary perspectives by Klaus R Scherer( Book )

12 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lurching toward happiness in America by Claude S Fischer( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ups and downs( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the 1950s when opportunity reached its peak, the gap between the "haves and have nots" has grown. This lesson looks at social stratification and the dimensions of social inequality that exist in the United States, as seen in the story of an immigrant from Eastern Europe who, along with her family, comes to the U.S. with virtually nothing, and eventually manages to open and operate a successful child care business."
Rise and fall( Visual )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This lesson reviews population, urbanization and the environment from a sociological point of view. While each of these is often analyzed separately, it is the dynamic, constantly shifting interplay among all three that is perhaps most significant. Topics covered include fertility, mortality, migration, population growth, global climate change, and sustainability." As a case study looks at positive and negative effects of the building boom in Fresno, California
Learning curves( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The type of education a child can expect to receive may have less to do with the teacher but more to do with socioeconomic status, race and culture. These and other factors make the question of how best to educate American children a complicated one. In this episode you will meet two families who have chosen different approaches to educating their children. The growth in home schooling as an alternative to conventional education is explored."
Common ground( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Values, beliefs, traditions, language and material goods form the subject of this lesson about the components of culture. Opens and closes with a look at the Amish -- a group whose members in Southeastern Pennsylvania maintain language and other cultural traditions unique to early Germanic settlers to the region. The American values of individual rights and consumerism are also discussed."
Truth be told( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sociological research and methodology is often the subject of debate among sociologists. The pursuit of objectivity in sociological research, critical sociology, and the idea of sociology as a science ... each has transformed the way sociologists approach sociological research. This lesson also includes discussion of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and features a segment on sociologist Mitchell Duneier and his research on New York City homeless populations."
Historical sociology and sociological history : theory and practice by Claude S Fischer( Book )

11 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suburbs, networks, and attitudes by Claude S Fischer( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The metropolitan experience by Claude S Fischer( Book )

5 editions published between 1972 and 1975 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toward a subcultural theory of urbanism by Claude S Fischer( Book )

9 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crowding studies and urban life : a critical review by Claude S Fischer( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
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Claude S. Fischer American sociologist

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Inequality by Design : Cracking the Bell Curve MythThe urban experienceAmerica calling : a social history of the telephone to 1940To dwell among friends : personal networks in town and cityCentury of difference : how America changed in the last one hundred yearsStill connected : family and friends in America since 1970