Obituaries, 2011 to June 2012

  • Arnold Dashefsky
  • Ira Sheskin
Part of the American Jewish Year Book book series (AJYB, volume 109-112)


BELL, DANIEL, intellectual and author, d. 1-25-11. One of the leading American thinkers of the twentieth century, a member of the vaunted and largely Jewish “New York Intellectuals,” and the coiner of such phrases as “post-industrial society,” died at 91. Jacob Weisberg of Slate called Bell “one of the genuinely important American thinkers of the 20th century” and, on a personal basis, “at once a stunningly original mind, an ironic observer of the scene around him, and a genial gossip,” whose wide-ranging talks were “all spiced with Yiddishkeit wisecracking.” Bell’s influential books included: “The End of Ideology” in 1962, a collection of essays that “portrayed a non-capitalist or post-capitalist order in which the classic conditions of the market no longer existed, and in which widespread political dissatisfaction was no longer based in economics,” and was chosen by the London Times Literary Supplement as one of the 100 most influential books since World War Two; and “The Coming of Post-Industrial Society” in 1973, in which Bell predicted the emergence of the information economy, social stratification driven by expertise and “something like the Internet.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnold Dashefsky
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ira Sheskin
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Sociology and Judaic StudiesUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.Berman Institute-North American Jewish Data BankUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  3. 3.Geography and Regional StudiesUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA
  4. 4.The Jewish Demography Project of The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic StudiesUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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