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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A sweeping, farsighted study of the changing nature of hombfe 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 ddl political life.
In 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. Paperbackpages. Published April 11th by W. Norton Company first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Fall of Public Manplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Fall hombr Public Man. Lists with This Book. L’uomo “intimista” del XX secolo per inciso: In The Fall of Public ManRichard Sennett argues that the public realm now has become a mere formality 3 and that the private life has become interoriorized 4leading to confusion between intimate life and public life 5.
Thus, there is a question for the “authentic” self rather than a public of presenting ideas 8. Sennett argues that this is a function of changes in the 19th century.
Before this time, public relations were more about “theatricality” than “representation” of the In The Fall of Public ManRichard Sennett argues that the public realm now has become a mere formality 3 and that the private life has become interoriorized 4leading to confusion between intimate life and public life 5.
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 According to Sennett, people understood publicity as presenting and theatrical in a sense in the 18th century, but the 19th and 20th centuries brought upon a “ideology of intimacy” with “openness of publicp Thus, we’ve started to judge character and “authenticity” in our leaders who “can dramatize his own motivations” This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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Seminal is his recognition that Marx’s efforts to create a theory 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 The most important contribution to the dialogue with the unfinished project of Karl Marx since Guy DeBord comes from the canon of former London School of Economics Professor Richard Sennrtt.
Seminal is his recognition that Marx’s efforts to create a theory 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 Sennnett as a “structuralist before his time. 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 sfnnett in integrating the working class into its own enslavement.
Above all, Sennett moots that the rupture between the followers of Marx and the class struggle anarchist tradition in the first international, that gave rise to an increasingly authoritarian fixation of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Internationals with party building, might have been premature – an observation vindicated by the present terminal demise of democratic centralist parties and rise e.
View all 4 comments. Sep 24, John Jr. Speaking as one who has read very little sociology, I found this book to be very eye-opening.
The Fall of Public Man by Richard Sennett
It made me aware of things I hadn’t noticed, and it explained things that I had. At some point I may attempt a genuine review. 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.
A better suggestion of what the book does comes from a page of Richard Sennett’s w Speaking as one who has read very little sociology, Declove found this book to be very eye-opening. A better suggestion of what the book does comes from a page of Richard Sennett’s website describing his books the bracketed insertion is mine: 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.
And the fullest flowering of that public life was realized in the 18th Deel in the great capital cities of Europe. Sennett shows how our lives today are bereft of the pleasures and reinforcements of this lost interchange with fellow citizens. 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.
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. Because of this, our personalities cannot fully de, Characteristically nuanced exploration into concepts of theatrum mundi, conflation of private and public identities, effects of urban population density, acts of presentation versus acts decliev representation, and other topics relevant to my interests.
The work takes a view of public performance on the stage, in civic and political capacities, and in general social encounters. Settings for consideration range from the courts of Versailles to cafes and gentlemen’s clubs in London. Thoroughfares, prom Characteristically nuanced exploration into concepts of theatrum mundi, conflation of private and public identities, effects of urban population density, acts of presentation versus acts of representation, and other topics relevant to my interests.
Thoroughfares, promenades, and the home are all given due attention as well. Sennett takes a skeptical view of our tendency to judge by apparent personality and intention, above or even in place of acts on record. He notes the dangers of this view: He discusses the complexity and 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.
To say nothing of the damage to those who don’t know, or understand, the code by which others are making these judgments. A fascinating evocation of changing styles of personal and public expression. Sennett is at once a historian, sociologist, student of psychoanalytic doctrine. Seldom have I read a serious work of social theory that explains as much contemporary experience as Sennett’s does.
This was a difficult read for me, but one has to admire the breadth of Professor Sennett’s erudition, and the reach of his historical imagination. FPM has been so rewarding. Sennett says that the emphasis on intimacy has come at a cost to our public cohesion, rendering us less meaningfully vocal and removing our sense of agency due to a crushing isolation.
After all, the ability to organize, to efface individual difference, requires a code of impersonal public expression—this is what we lack today. It could be said that people are losing the “will” to act socially, or that they are losing the “desire. Personality, which came to replace character, is spawned from an atomistic secular point of view whose belief lies within an immanent interpretation of the world which attempts to grasp an unmediated point of view this, of course, is a grand illusion….
In a paradoxical way, we put a premium on being able to express your so-called inner self, but this self is constantly isolated and lost since society no longer provides a set of queues which would allow the individual to act politically. In this society, there is no agency since community is defined as mutual personal disclosure rather than an act where a community produces meaning together, impersonally.
A true public life has little concern for authenticity or purity. What matters is the common impersonal currency of expression. Just as personality itself has become an antisocial idea, collective personality becomes group identity in society hostile to, difficult to translate into, group activity.
Community has become a phenomenon of collective being rather than collective action, save in one way. The only transaction for the group to engage in is that of purification, of rejection and chastisement of those who are not “like” others.
Since the symbolic materials usable in forming collective personality are unstable, communal purification is unending, a continual quest after the loyal American, the authentic Aryan, the “genuine” revolutionary.
The logic of collective personality is the purge; its enemy, all acts of alliance, cooperation, or United Front.
Broadly stated, when people today seek to have full and open emotional relations with each other, they succeed only in wounding each other. This is the logical consequence of the destructive gemeinschaft which arose when personality made its appearance in society.
FPM is truly a revelation and an answer to the question of why we feel so alone and disengaged.
My question to you is, who do you suppose benefits from our isolation? Sociology became fun to read when I started thinking of it as set of inconvenient fictions. Synthetic poet as narrative researcher. In other news, this book is about exactly what the dust jacket says it is richarf. I have been spinning in circles ever since I did that and want someone to suggest a intellectual resting place.
Jun 24, Anne Lee rated it it was amazing. Essential reading if you want to ricchard 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.
Aug 17, Long rated it it was ok Shelves: Sennett is a great thinker, but he is an abysmal writer. Going through this book was an endurance and willpower challenge.
A challenging book, mostly in the sense that it leads me to senjett a number of questions I’ve been asking and thus many of the answers I’ve been proposing lately. It might very well change the way I live my life.
Sennett probably wouldn’t approve of what I just wrote. That is, the above paragraph is part of the problem ;ublico thinks he’s diagnosed. Sennett’s key claim is that modern Western society has lost a key dimension of personhood: We have erased the distinct A challenging book, mostly in the sense that it leads me to reframe a number of questions I’ve been asking and thus many of the answers I’ve been proposing lately.
We have erased the distinction between our private and public selves. The loss of a religious order to public life, which once allowed the public and the private to coexist in a greater cosmic order, contributed to the erasure.
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. The same process, he claims, has transformed the market from a public meeting place into a field for a compulsive quest for self-identification through mass consumption. We have lost not only the public good, but also the public person in all his creativity and spontaneity and delightfulness.
Sennett, unfortunately, tries to explain too much. It’s a brilliant attempt, and hard to refute, but the book’s very comprehensiveness begins to strain credulity. It also relies too much on British and French examples though to be fair, the reasons are obvious. And I’m not convinced by Sennett’s treatment of the Industrial Revolution; I find that mass himbre fits his model very well, but I’m not so sure about mass production, which seems if anything to be a powerful counterexample.