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The history of the rise and fall of public culture at the very least calls this humanitarian spirit into question. Aug 17, Long rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. For example, at loot.

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.

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. 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.

The reigning aspiration today is to develop individual personality through experiences of closeness and warmth with others. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. This is a great sociology book.

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 and investigates the causes of our declining involvement in political life. 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 Publicl been proposing lately.


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 social — the civilized — being.

After all, the ability to organize, to efface individual difference, requires a code of impersonal public expression—this is what we lack today. Sennett takes a skeptical view of our tendency to judge by apparent personality and intention, above or even in place hombrf acts on record.

Please click the link in that email to activate your subscription. Can intimacy on these terms really be a virtue? The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation []. Personality, which came to replace character, is spawned from an atomistic secular point of view whose belief lies within an immanent interpretation of the world which attempts to grasp an unmediated point of view this, of course, is a grand illusion….

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. In the mid s, as the work-world of modern capitalism began to alter quickly and radically, Mr.

The Fall of Public Man

Before this time, public relations were more about “theatricality” than “representation” of the In The Fall of Public ManRichard Sennett argues that the public realm now sennetr become a mere formality 3 and that the private life has become interoriorized 4leading to confusion between intimate life and public life 5.

Sennett is a great thinker, but he is an abysmal writer.


Cookies are little nuggets of information hombrw web servers store on your computer to make it easier for them to keep track of your browsing session. He shows how, today, the stranger is a threatening rifhard 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.

The reigning myth today is that the evils of society can all be understood as evils of impersonality, alienation, and coldness.

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FPM is truly a revelation and an answer to the question of why we feel so alone and disengaged. View all 4 comments. To say nothing of the damage to those who don’t know, or understand, the code by which others are making these judgments. Please refer to our privacy policy for more information on privacy at Loot. This is the logical consequence of the destructive gemeinschaft which arose when personality made its appearance in society.

Arriving at a feeling of closeness to others is thus often after a process of testing them; the relationship is both close and closed. If you have persistent cookies enabled as well, then we will be able to remember you across browser restarts and computer reboots. We never store sensitive information about our customers in cookies.

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