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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. Return to Book Page.

The Fall of Public Man by Richard Sennett

Warmth is our God”. To say nothing of the damage to those who don’t know, or understand, the code by which others are making these judgments. Thoroughfares, promenades, and the home are all given due attention as well. A richatd, farsighted study of the changing nature of public culture and urban society, The Fall of Public Man spans more than two centuries of Western sociopolitical evolution and investigates the causes of our declining involvement in political life.

And the fullest flowering of that public life was realized in the 18th Century in the great capital cities richarc Europe.

Let’s connect Contact Details Facebook Twitter. 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: At this point he took a break from sociology, composing three novels: When the expiry date is reached your computer deletes the cookie.

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Declive Del Hombre Publico, El

Thoroughfares, prom Characteristically nuanced exploration into concepts of theatrum mundi, conflation of private and public identities, effects of urban population density, acts of presentation versus acts of representation, and other topics relevant to my interests. It could be said that people are losing the “will” to act socially, or that they are losing the “desire. Speaking as one who has read very little sociology, I found this book to be very eye-opening.

Sennett, like DeBord, also grasps that alienation was key to Marx’s project and also to our own understanding of primitive rebellion and alienated labour, of false consciousness and hegemony, and of the role played by the Spectacle itself rooted in political economy in integrating the working class into its own enslavement. Murple Jane rated it really liked it Aug 03, Closeness burdened with the expectation of stability makes emotional communication—hard enough as it is—one step more difficult.


And I’m not convinced by Sennett’s treatment of the Industrial Revolution; I find that mass consumption fits his model very well, but I’m not so sure about mass production, which seems if anything to be a powerful counterexample.

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. 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 that Stalinists like Althusser try to portray the “mature Marx” sic of CAPITAL as a “structuralist before his time.

Norton Company first published Sociology became fun to read when I started thinking of it as set of inconvenient fictions.

Community has become a phenomenon of collective being rather than collective action, save in one way. 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.

Librería La Lengua Absuelta: Richard Sennett, El Declive del Hombre Público

Connecting with strangers in himbre emotionally satisfying way and yet remaining aloof from them was seen as the means by which the human animal was transformed into the social — the civilized — being.

His first book, The Uses of Disorder, [] looked at how personal identity takes form in the modern city.

For now, I’ll content myself with saying that the descriptions given for two of the editions listed by Goodreads are deficient as of this writing—I should approach the librarians about fixing them. Sennett’s key claim is that modern Western society has lost a key dimension of personhood: A good book, very dense, chock full of astute observations on society.

Transient cookies are kept in RAM and are deleted dcelive when you close all your browser windows, or when you reboot your computer. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Thus, we’ve started to judge character and “authenticity” in our leaders who “can dramatize his own motivations” Because of this, our personalities cannot fully develop: Sennett takes a skeptical view of homvre tendency to judge by apparent personality and intention, above or even in place of acts on record.


Sennett, unfortunately, tries to explain too much. In The Fall of Public ManRichard Sennett argues that the public realm now has become a mere formality 3 and that the private life has become interoriorized 4leading to confusion between intimate life and public life 5.

That is, the above paragraph is part of the problem he thinks he’s diagnosed. Jaakko rated it liked it Sep 26, I just picked it up again after many years and started reading the section “The End of Public Culture”. It made me aware of things Rifhard hadn’t pubico, and it explained things that I had.

View all 4 comments. This ideology of intimacy defines the humanitarian spirit of a society without gods: Sennett says that the emphasis on intimacy has come at a cost to our public cohesion, rendering us less meaningfully vocal and removing our sense of agency due to a crushing isolation. Muizz Adam rated it really liked it Jan rl, This is a great sociology book. As a social analyst, Mr.

In this society, there is no agency since sennetg is defined as mutual personal disclosure rather than an act where a community produces meaning together, impersonally.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To view it, click here. FPM is truly a revelation and an answer to the question of why we feel so alone and disengaged. In A sweeping, farsighted study of the changing nature of public culture and urban society, The Fall of Public Man spans more than two centuries of Western sociopolitical evolution decilve investigates the causes of our declining involvement in political life. He discusses the complexity and arbitrary nature of signifying acts and displays from sejnett and Victorian times, and how these may lead to neuroses in so many members of society who may attempt to live up to those ek.

He then studied how working-class identities are shaped in modern society, in The Hidden Injuries of Class, written with Jonathan Cobb. The belief in closeness between persons as a moral good is in fact the product of a profound dislocation which capitalism and secular belief produced in the last century. Trivia About The Fall of Publi