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Claude S. Fischer



Recent Papers


In Progress - book on themes in American social history, colonial era to 2000

2006 -- Century of Difference: How America Changed in the Last One Hundred Years. (with Hout). New York: Russell Sage.

1996 - Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth, (with Hout, Lucas, S´┐Żnchez-Jankowski, Swidler and Voss), Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press

1992 - America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940, University of California Press.

1984 - The Urban Experience. Second edition. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

1982 - To Dwell Among Friends: Personal Networks in Town and City. University of Chicago.

1977 - Networks and Places: Social Relations in the Urban Setting. (with Jackson, Stueve, Gerson, Jones, and Baldassare). New York: Free Press.

1975 - Human Aggression and Conflict. (with Scherer and Abeles), Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

Recent Papers

2005 - Fischer and Hout, "The Family in Trouble: Since When? For Whom?" in Steven M. Tipton and John Witte, Jr. (eds.), The Family in Interdisciplinary Perspective. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

2004 - "Bowling Alone: What’s the Score?" Social Networks 27 (May):15567

2004 - Fischer, Stockmayer, Stiles, and Hout, "Distinguishing the Levels and Dimensions of U.S. Urban Segregation." Demography 41 (February): 37-59.

2003 - "Succumbing to Consumerism?: Underlying Models in the Historical Claim." Paper presented to the American Sociological Association, Atlanta, August 2003.

2002 - Hout and Fischer, "Explaining the Rise of Americans with No Religious Preference: Politics and Generation." American Sociological Review 67 (April):165-90.

2002 - "Ever More Rooted Americans." City & Community 1(June): 175-94.

NOTE: Working papers and supplementary materials for the "Century of Difference" Project can be found at:

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