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Overview

The distinguished sociologist Richard Sennett surveys major differences between earlier forms of industrial capitalism and the more global, more febrile, ever more mutable version of capitalism that is taking its place. He shows how these changes affect everyday life - how the work ethic is changing; how new beliefs about merit and talent displace old values of craftsmanship and achievement; how what Sennett calls "the specter of uselessness" haunts professionals as well as manual workers; how the boundary between consumption and politics is dissolving.
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Douglas W. Rae
“Reflective, studded with sharp insights, moving with grace between big ideas and specific cases. This is vintage Sennett.”—Douglas W. Rae, author of City:Urbanism and Its End
Robert M. Solow
"A fairly successful economy does not produce much in the way of contentment. Are there seismic rumbles that might cause cracks on the surface? Richard Sennett thinks so. Read on."—Robert M. Solow, Institute Professor Emeritus, M.I.T.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300107821
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2006
  • Series: Castle Lectures Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Sennett teaches sociology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics. His recent publications include The Corrosion of Character and Respect in a World of Inequality.

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Table of Contents

1 Bureaucracy 15
2 Talent and the specter of uselessness 83
3 Consuming politics 131
4 Social capitalism in our time 179
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