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Ann Swidler is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Talk of Love: How Culture Matters (2001); and Organization without Authority: Dilemmas of Social Control in Free Schools (1979). She is coauthor of Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth (1996); The Good Society (1991); and Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life (1985). She is coeditor of Meaning and Modernity: Religion, Polity, Self (2001). Much of her recent research has focused on cultural and institutional responses to the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Her interests increasingly touch on political sociology, development, and sociology of science and medicine.