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In , Richard Sennett, "among the country's most distinguished thinkers . . . has concentrated into 176 pages a profoundly affecting argument" () that draws on interviews with dismissed IBM executives, bakers, a bartender turned advertising executive, and many others to call into question the terms of our new economy. In his 1972 classic, (written with Jonathan Cobb), Sennett interviewed a man he called Enrico, a hardworking janitor whose life was structured by a union pay schedule and given meaning by his sacrifices for the future. In this new book-a #1 bestseller in Germany-Sennett explores the contemporary scene characterized by Enrico's son, Rico, whose life is more materially successful, yet whose work lacks long-term commitments or loyalties. Distinguished by Sennett's "combination of broad historical and literary learning and a reporter's willingness to walk into a store or factory [and] strike up a conversation" (), this book "challenges the reader to decide whether the flexibility of modern capitalism . . . is merely a fresh form of oppression" (, starred review). Praise for : "A benchmark for our time."--Daniel Bell "[A]n incredibly insightful book."--William Julius Wilson "[A] remarkable synthesis of acute empirical observation and serious moral reflection."--Richard Rorty "[Sennett] offers abundant fresh insights . . . illuminated by his concern with people's struggle to give meaning to their lives."--[Memphis]

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A Best Book of the Year.... "A devastating and wholly necessary book."--Studs Terkel, author of

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teaches sociology at the London School of Economics and New York University

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ISBN:
9780393319873
Author:
Sennett, Richard
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York ;
Subject:
Business Life
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
Minority Studies
Subject:
Business Ethics
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Sociological aspects
Subject:
Working class
Subject:
Work ethic
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Labor -- United States.
Subject:
Working class -- United States.
Subject:
Politics-Labor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
106-89
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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