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Book Title: The Fall of Public Man|
The author of the book: Richard Sennett
Date of issue: January 30th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780141007571
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Richard Sennett's The Fall of Public Man examines the growing imbalance between private and public experience, and asks what can bring us to reconnect with our communities.
Are we now so self-absorbed that we take little interest in the world beyond our own lives? Or has public life left no place for individuals to participate?
Tracing the changing nature of urban society from the eighteenth century to the world we now live in, and the decline of involvement in political life in recent decades, Richard Sennett discusses the causes of our social withdrawal. His landmark study of the imbalance of modern civilization provides a fascinating perspective on the relationship between public life and the cult of the individual.
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Read information about the authorRichard 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. He focuses on how people can become competent interpreters of their own experience, despite the obstacles society may put in their way. His research entails ethnography, history, and social theory. As a social analyst, Mr. Sennett continues the pragmatist tradition begun by William James and John Dewey.
His first book, The Uses of Disorder,  looked at how personal identity takes form in the modern city. He then studied how working-class identities are shaped in modern society, in The Hidden Injuries of Class, written with Jonathan Cobb.  A study of the public realm of cities, The Fall of Public Man, appeared in 1977; at the end of this decade of writing, Mr. Sennett sought to account the philosophic implications of this work in Authority .
At this point he took a break from sociology, composing three novels: The Frog who Dared to Croak , An Evening of Brahms  and Palais Royal . He then returned to urban studies with two books, The Conscience of the Eye, , a work focusing on urban design, and Flesh and Stone , a general historical study of how bodily experience has been shaped by the evolution of cities.
In the mid 1990s, as the work-world of modern capitalism began to alter quickly and radically, Mr. Sennett began a project charting its personal consequences for workers, a project which has carried him up to the present day. The first of these studies, The Corrosion of Character,  is an ethnographic account of how middle-level employees make sense of the “new economy.” The second in the series, Respect in a World of Inequality, [2002} charts the effects of new ways of working on the welfare state; a third, The Culture of the New Capitalism,  provides an over-view of change. Most recently, Mr. Sennett has explored more positive aspects of labor in The Craftsman , and in Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation .
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