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I’m going to need to spend a few weeks exclusively on lighter fare after reading this. They could not find these meanings; as the world became psychomorphic, it became mystifying. The logic of collective personality is the purge; its enemy, all acts of alliance, cooperation, or United Front.

Thoroughfares, promenades, and the declivve are all given due attention as well. But man, this was a chore to read through.

The reigning aspiration today is to develop individual personality through experiences of closeness and warmth with others. The history of the rise and fall of public culture at the very least calls this humanitarian spirit into question. The work takes a view of public performance on the stage, in civic and political capacities, and in general social encounters.

Sep 24, John Jr. His research entails ethnography, history, and social theory. Aug 17, Long rated it it was ok Shelves: He shows how, today, the stranger is a threatening figure; how silence and observation have become the only ways to experience public life, especially street life, without feeling overwhelmed ; how each person believes in the right, in public, to be left alone.

That is, the above paragraph is part of the problem he thinks he’s diagnosed. They therefore sought to flee, and find in the private realms of life, especially in the family, some principle of order in the perception of personality. Cocojules rated it really liked it Apr 16, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And the fullest flowering of that public life was realized in the 18th Century in the great capital cities of Europe.


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His first book, The Dl of Disorder, [] looked at how personal identity takes form in the modern city. Seminal is his recognition that Marx’s efforts to create a theory of historical movement and social conflict rooted in a critique of political economy had nothing in common with subsequent attempts to reduce “dialectical materialism” or still worse, historical materialism to a positivistic science, the way The most important contribution to the dialogue senneyt the unfinished project of Karl Marx since Guy DeBord comes from the canon of former London School of Economics Professor Richard Sennett.

To access your account information you need to be authenticated, which means that you need to enter your password to confirm that you are indeed the person that the cookie claims you to be. Sen Richard Sennett has explored how individuals and groups make social and cultural sense of material facts — about the cities in which they live and about the labour they do.

The words just hit me with even stronger hlmbre than before: After all, the ability to organize, to efface individual difference, requires a code of impersonal public expression—this is what we lack today. It also relies too much on British and French examples though to be fair, the reasons are obvious. Please refer to our privacy policy for more information on privacy at Loot. Speaking as one who has read very little sociology, I found dedlive book to be very eye-opening.

Sennett continues the pragmatist senntt begun by William James and John Dewey. Because of this, our personalities cannot fully develop: He notes the dangers of this view: My question to you is, who do you suppose benefits from our isolation? No trivia or quizzes yet.

El declive del hombre público

A challenging book, mostly in the sense that it leads me to reframe a number of questions I’ve been asking and thus many of the answers I’ve been proposing lately. Sennett is at once a historian, sociologist, student of psychoanalytic doctrine. A better suggestion of what the book does comes from a page of Richard Sennett’s website describing his books the bracketed insertion is mine: I have been spinning in circles ever since I did that and want someone to suggest a intellectual resting place.


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The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation []. In the mid s, as the work-world of sennet capitalism began to alter quickly and radically, Mr. Even as we have revolted against the stern sexual rigidities of the Victorian family, we continue to burden close relations with others with these hidden desires for security, rest, and permanence.

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This ideology of intimacy defines the humanitarian spirit of a society without gods: Cookies are little nuggets of information that web servers store on your computer to make it easier for them to keep track of your browsing session.

Because of this dislocation, people sought to find personal meanings in impersonal situations, in objects, and in the objective conditions of society itself. When the relations cannot bear these burdens, we conclude there is something wrong with the relationship, rather than with the unspoken expectations.

This was a difficult read for me, but one has to admire the breadth of Professor Sennett’s erudition, and the reach of his historical imagination. Sennett takes a skeptical view of our tendency to judge by apparent personality and intention, above or even in place of acts on record.

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