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The Fall of Public Man
     

The Fall of Public Man

by Richard Sennett
 

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A landmark study of urban society, reissued for the 40th anniversary of the original publication with a new epilogue by the author.
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

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A landmark study of urban society, reissued for the 40th anniversary of the original publication with a new epilogue by the author.
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. Richard Sennett’s insights into the danger of the cult of individualism remain thoroughly relevant to our world today. In a new epilogue, he extends his analysis to the new “public” realm of social media, questioning how public culture has fared since the digital revolution.

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt - New York Times
“Brilliant. . . . One admires the breadth of Professor Sennett’s erudition,
the reach of his historical imagination, the doggedness of his analysis.”
Melissa Benn
“A powerful argument for a more formal public culture and a swipe against the rise of a self-indulgent counter-culture.”
Richard Todd - The Atlantic
“Provocative. . . . Sennett brings us to an undeniably recognizable place, the contemporary urban scene.”
Robert Lekachman - Saturday Review
“[...] Sennett is at once a historian, sociologist, student of psychoanalytic doctrine . . . and celebrant of city life. . . . Seldom have I read a serious work of social theory that explains as much contemporary experience as Sennett's does.”
New York Times
One of the most stimulating and challenging books to be written in years. . . . A major attempt . . . to re-examine the assumptions and objectives of the 1960s and transcend them without compromising their ideals. One admires the breadth of Professor Sennett's erudition, the reach of his historical imagination. . . . By all means buy this book and read it.— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
Saturday Review
[...] Sennett is at once a historian, sociologist, student of psychoanalytic doctrine . . . and celebrant of city life. . . . Seldom have I read a serious work of social theory that explains as much contemporary experience as Sennett's does.— Robert Lekachman
Carl Schorske
“Sennett presses social theory and historical experience to his service in developing a provocative thesis: that the public world stage has been usurped by the private psychic scene to the detriment of both individual and society. Sennett's quest for the causes of the impoverishment of civil life in modern industrial society opens fascinating perspectives into the relationship between theater, politics, urban life, and the changing function of the family.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393353747
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/11/2017
Edition description:
40th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
528,529
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Sennett’s books include The Corrosion of Character, Flesh and
Stone, and Respect. He was the founding director of the New York Institute for the
Humanities and now teaches sociology at New York University and at the London
School of Economics.

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