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Because of this dislocation, people sought deo find personal meanings in impersonal situations, in objects, and in the objective conditions of society itself. Seminal is his recognition that Marx’s efforts to create a hombrre of historical movement and social conflict rooted in a critique of political economy had nothing in common with subsequent attempts to reduce “dialectical materialism” or still worse, historical materialism to a positivistic science, the way that Stalinists like Althusser try to portray the “mature Marx” sic of CAPITAL as a “structuralist before his time.

In other news, this book is about exactly what the dust jacket says it is about. We never store sensitive information about our customers in cookies. The book is written before I was born but so much of it has just become stronger in the past 40 years. The words just hit me with even stronger force than before: Thus, there is a question for the “authentic” self rather than a public of presenting ideas 8.

Cocojules rated it really liked it Apr 16, Sennett probably wouldn’t approve of what I just wrote. Sennett, unfortunately, tries to explain too much.

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What matters is the common impersonal currency of de. By removing the hedges that protect us from each other in daily life, we have made politics into a clash of personality and an unending, brutal contest to define in-group and out-group identity. A better suggestion of what the book does comes from a page of Richard Sennett’s website homre his books the bracketed insertion is mine: Because of this, our personalities cannot fully develop: To ask other readers questions about The Fall of Public Manplease sign up.

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We have erased the distinction between our private and public selves. And I’m not convinced by Sennett’s treatment of the Industrial Revolution; I find that mass consumption fits his model very well, but I’m not so sure about mass production, which seems if anything to richarf a powerful counterexample.


He shows how, today, the stranger is a threatening figure; how silence and observation have become the only ways to experience public life, especially street life, without feeling overwhelmed ; how each person believes in the right, in public, to be left alone. FPM has been so rewarding. For now, I’ll content myself with saying that the descriptions given for two of the editions listed by Goodreads are deficient as of this writing—I should approach the librarians about fixing them.

They could not find these meanings; as the world became psychomorphic, it became mystifying. He discusses the complexity pubilco arbitrary nature of signifying acts and displays from contemporary and Victorian times, and how these may lead to neuroses in so many members of society who may attempt to live up to those codes.

Murple Jane richad it really liked it Aug 03, Transient cookies are kept in RAM and are deleted either when you close all your browser windows, or when you reboot your computer.

The reigning aspiration today is to develop individual personality through experiences of closeness and warmth with others. This is the logical consequence of the destructive gemeinschaft which arose when personality made its appearance in society.

The Fall of Public Man

The belief in closeness between persons as a moral good is in fact bombre product of a profound dislocation which capitalism and secular belief produced in the last century.

And he makes clear how, because of the change in public life, private life becomes distorted as we of necessity focus more and more on ourselves, on increasingly narcissistic forms of intimacy and self-absorption.

The sum of these three is an ideology of intimacy: And the fullest flowering of that public life was realized in the 18th Century in the great capital cities of Publido.

Jakub Misiak rated it really liked it Sep 11, Sennett shows how our lives today are bereft of the pleasures and reinforcements of this lost interchange with fellow citizens.

Before this time, public relations were more about “theatricality” than “representation” of the self, the former of which Sennett sees as more friendly to public life Sennett began a project charting its personal consequences for workers, a project which has carried him up to the present day. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


K rated it really liked it May 17, Connecting with strangers in an emotionally satisfying way and yet remaining aloof from them was seen as the means by which the human animal was transformed into the social — the civilized — being. To view it, click here. Can intimacy on these terms really be a virtue?

Librería La Lengua Absuelta: Richard Sennett, El Declive del Hombre Público

Jaakko rated it liked it Sep dfclive, A fascinating evocation of changing styles of personal and public expression. Let’s connect Contact Details Facebook Twitter. Muizz Adam rated it really liked it Jan 28, This xel made a great impression on me when I first read it. Essential reading if you ricahrd to understand why public discourse is so hard in the States and why there is not governing sense of public good in situations where there should be.

What rituals and roles do we develop so that people can live social lives where the individual can rest? Sennett, like DeBord, also grasps that alienation was key to Marx’s project and also to our own understanding of primitive rebellion and alienated labour, of false consciousness and hegemony, and of the role played by the Spectacle itself rooted in political economy in integrating the working class into its own enslavement.

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Challenging read, but absolutely worth it. I’m going to need to spend a few weeks exclusively on lighter fare after reading this.

Published April 11th by W. Hombr is our God”.

FPM is truly a revelation and an answer to the question of why we feel so alone and disengaged. Sen Richard 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.

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