The Lonely Crowd: A Study of the Changing American Character / Edition 1

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"The Lonely Crowd is considered by many to be the most influential book of the twentieth century. Its now-classic analysis of the "new middle class" in terms of inner-directed and other-directed social character opened exciting new dimensions in our understanding of the psychological, political, and economic problems that confront the individual in contemporary American society. The 1969 abridged and revised edition of the book is now reissued with a new foreword by Todd Gitlin that explains why the book is still relevant to our own era."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
[T]he best-selling book by a professional sociologist in American history . . . [with] the widest influence on the nation at large.
Todd Gitlin
As accessible as it is acute, The Lonely Crowd is indispensable reading for anyone who wishes to understand American society. After half a century, this book has lost none of its capacity to make sense of how we live.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300088656
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Yale Nota Bene Series
  • Edition description: Abridged and revised edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 328,665
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Twenty Years After - A Second Preface
Preface to the 1961 Edition
Ch. I Some Types of Character and Society 3
I Character and Society 5
II The Characterological Struggle 31
Ch. II From Morality to Morale: Changes in the Agents of Character Formation 37
I Changes in the Role of the Parents 38
II Changes in the Role of the Teacher 55
Ch. III A Jury of Their Peers: Changes in the Agents of Character Formation (Continued) 66
I The Peer-group in the Stage of Inner-direction 66
II The Peer-group in the Stage of Other-direction 70
Ch. IV Storytellers as Tutors in Technique: Changes in the Agents of Character Formation (Continued) 83
I Song and Story in the Stage of Tradition-direction 85
II The Socializing Functions of Print in the Stage of Inner-direction 87
III The Mass Media in the Stage of Other-direction 96
Ch. V The Inner-directed Round of Life 109
I Men at Work 111
II The Side Show of Pleasure 116
III The Struggle for Self-approval 123
Ch. VI The Other-directed Round of Life: from Invisible Hand to Glad Hand 126
I The Economic Problem: the Human Element 127
II The Milky Way 137
Ch. VII The Other-directed Round of Life (Continued): The Night Shift 141
I Changes in the Symbolic Meaning of Food and Sex 142
II Changes in the Mode of Consumption of Popular Culture 149
III The Two Types Compared 159
Ch. VIII Tradition-directed, Inner-directed, and Other-directed Political Styles: Indifferents, Moralizers, Inside-dopesters 163
I The Indifferents 165
II The Moralizers 172
III The Inside-dopesters 180
Ch. IX Political Persuasions: Indignation and Tolerance 188
I Politics as an Object of Consumption 190
II The Media as Tutors in Tolerance 192
III Do the Media Escape From Politics? 197
IV The Reservoir of Indignation 200
V "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities" 204
Ch. X Images of Power 206
I The Leaders and the Led 206
II Who Has the Power? 213
Ch. XI Americans and Kwakiutls 225
Ch. XII Adjustment or Autonomy? 239
I The Adjusted, the Anomic, the Autonomous 240
II The Autonomous Among the Inner-directed 249
III The Autonomous Among the Other-directed 255
Ch. XIII False Personalization: Obstacles to Autonomy in Work 261
I Cultural Definitions of Work 261
II Glamorizers, Featherbedders, Indispensables 264
III The Overpersonalized Society 269
Ch. XIV Enforced Privatization: Obstacles to Autonomy in Play 276
I The Denial of Sociability 277
II Sociability and the Privatization of Women 280
III Packaged Sociabilities 283
Ch. XV The Problem of Competence: Obstacles to Autonomy in Play (Continued) 286
I The Play's the Thing 286
II The Forms of Competence 290
III The Avocational Counselors 299
IV Freeing the Child Market 301
Ch. XVI Autonomy and Utopia 304
Index 309
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