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Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation
     

Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

by Richard Sennett
 

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ISBN-10: 0300188285

ISBN-13: 9780300188288

Pub. Date: 03/26/2013

Publisher: Yale University Press

Living with people who differ—racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically—is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today. We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city. In this thought-provoking book, Richard Sennett discusses why this has

Overview

Living with people who differ—racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically—is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today. We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city. In this thought-provoking book, Richard Sennett discusses why this has happened and what might be done about it.

Sennett contends that cooperation is a craft, and the foundations for skillful cooperation lie in learning to listen well and discuss rather than debate. In Together he explores how people can cooperate online, on street corners, in schools, at work, and in local politics. He traces the evolution of cooperative rituals from medieval times to today, and in situations as diverse as slave communities, socialist groups in Paris, and workers on Wall Street. Divided into three parts, the book addresses the nature of cooperation, why it has become weak, and how it could be strengthened. The author warns that we must learn the craft of cooperation if we are to make our complex society prosper, yet he reassures us that we can do this, for the capacity for cooperation is embedded in human nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300188288
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
751,106
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: The Cooperative Frame of Mind 3

Part 1 Cooperation Shaped

1 The Social Question': Reformers in Paris Explore a Puzzle 35

2 The Fragile Balance: Competition and Cooperation in Nature and Culture 65

3 The 'Great Unsettling': How the Reformation Transformed Cooperation 96

Part 2 Cooperation Weakened

4 Inequality: Imposed and Absorbed in Childhood 133

5 The Social Triangle: How Social Relations Become Embittered at Work 148

6 The Uncooperative Self: The Psychology of Withdrawal 179

Part 3 Cooperation Strengthened

7 The Workshop: Making and Repairing 199

8 Everyday Diplomacy: Reformation Conversations Put to Practical Use 221

9 The Community: Practising Commitment 247

Coda: Montaigne's Cat 274

Notes 281

Index 303

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