Drawing on social-criticism, self-help manuals, and the social scientific analysis of American character, In Conflict No Longer examines American thinking about individualism, conformity, and community from 1920 through 1995. Taviss-Thomson's analysis reveals a basic shift in American culture: from a belief that the individual is necessarily in conflict with society and that the self chafes against the constraints imposed by society, to a belief that the self is expressed in the groups, relationships, and subcultures that help shape it. Taviss-Thomson contends that this new model of a relational or 'embedded' self arose due to a weakening of traditional identities based on occupation, social class, gender and age which left individuals freer to construct their own identities. In an age where Americans increasingly abandon the traditional mythology of an individual struggling against social constraints, In Conflict No Longer forecasts a picture of American culture for the next millennium.
Irene Taviss Thomson is professor of sociology at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Chapter 1 1. A Changing American Self Chapter 2 2. The Changing Meanings of Individualism, Conformity, and Community Chapter 3 3. The Individual-Society Realtionship, 1920-1995 Chapter 4 4. The Emerging Self: Flexible, Constructed, Multiple, and Relational Chapter 5 5. The Relational Self and Contemporary Social Science Chapter 6 6. The Causes and Implications of the Demise of the Conflict Paradigm