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The Fall of Public Man

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Publisher Comments:

"Sennett presses social theory and historical experience to his service in developing a provocative thesis: that the public world stage has been usurped by the private psychic scene to the detriment of both individual and society".--Carl Schorske, Princeton University. "Stimulating and challenging".--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times.

Review:

"The book's lengthy subtitle accurately states the author's thesis: 'An inquiry into the purpose and meaning of those formal signals by which urban man once identified himself to his fellows and how the
weakening of those signals has made our lives more isolated and less civilized.' The ideal of public life for Sennett, apparently, was the 18th century; and despite his introductory quote from de Tocqueville on the decline of civic-mindedness, the point of view is more reminiscent of Rousseau than of the former. Basically Sennett takes the reader on a tour de force through architecture, public manners, morals, etc., to show the decline of community in the bourgeois world. The antisocial retreat to privacy he associates with 'narcissism,' and it has made the public place, the community, less civilized as a result. Despite a distracting sociological jargon in the writing of the book, this is a formidable thesis and deserves a close reading." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

"A fascinating evocation of changing styles of personal and public expression. . . ."--Robert Lekachman, Saturday Review

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393308792
Author:
Sennett, Richard
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Social interaction
Subject:
Alienation (Social psychology)
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 343-361.
Publication Date:
19920631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 in 0.7 lb

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Western Civilization

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