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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 and investigates the causes of our declining involvement in political life. 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. Paperbackpages. The book is written before I was born but so much This book made a great impression on me when I first read it.

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 logic of collective personality is the purge; its enemy, all acts of alliance, cooperation, or United Front. And he makes clear how, because of the change in public life, private life becomes distorted as we of necessity focus more and more on ourselves, on increasingly narcissistic forms of intimacy and self-absorption. To say nothing of the damage to those who don’t know, or understand, the code by which others are making these judgments.

Closeness burdened with the expectation of stability makes emotional communication—hard enough as it is—one step more difficult.

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. This ideology transmutes political categories into psychological categories. After all, the ability to organize, to efface individual difference, requires a code of impersonal public expression—this is what we lack today.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Norton Company first published 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. The belief in closeness richagd persons as a moral good is in fact the product of a profound dislocation senett capitalism and secular belief produced in the last century.

We never store sensitive information about our customers in cookies. Going through this book was an endurance and willpower challenge. His first book, The Uses of Disorder, [] looked at how personal identity takes form in the modern city. Connecting with strangers in an emotionally satisfying way and yet remaining aloof from them was seen as the means by which the human animal was transformed into the vel — the civilized — being.

Be the first to ask a question about The Fall of Ricbard Man. Because of this, our personalities cannot fully develop: 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.

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The Fall of Public Man by Richard Sennett

Please refer to our declice policy for more information on privacy at Loot. Settings for consideration range from the courts of Versailles to cafes and gentlemen’s clubs in London. What matters is the common impersonal currency of expression. Please click the link in that email to activate your subscription.

Muizz Adam rated it really liked it Jan 28, The same process, he claims, has transformed the market from a public meeting place into a field for a compulsive quest for self-identification through mass consumption. Broadly stated, when people today seek to have full and open emotional relations with each other, they puhlico only in wounding each other.


A better suggestion of what the book does comes from a page of Richard Sennett’s w Speaking as one who has read very little sociology, I found this book to be very eye-opening.

Published April 11th by W. We sennwtt erased the distinct 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.

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Sennett is a great thinker, but he is an abysmal writer. Trivia About The Fall of Publi It might very well change the way I live my life. I’m going to need to spend a few weeks exclusively on lighter fare after reading this.

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Sennett began a project charting its personal consequences for workers, a project which has carried him up to the present day. Essential reading if you want to understand why public discourse is so hard in the States and why there is not governing sense of public good in situations where there should be.

If it changes, if it must change, there is a feeling of trust betrayed. Arriving at a feeling of closeness to others is thus often after a process of testing them; the relationship is both close and closed.

They could not find these meanings; as the world became psychomorphic, it became mystifying. L’uomo “intimista” del XX secolo per inciso: