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Richard Sennett

Richard Sennett examined how individuals and groups understand material facts socially and culturally - about the cities in which they live and about their work. He focuses on how people can become competent interpreters of their own experiences, despite the barriers society places in their path. His research includes ethnography, history, and social theory. As a social analyst, Mr. Sennett continues the pragmatic tradition started by William James and John Dewey.

His first book, The use of interference , [1970] examined how personal identity takes shape in the modern city. He then examined how working class identities are shaped in modern society The hidden injuries of the class , written with Jonathan Cobb. [1972] A study of the public space of cities, The case of the public man , published in 1977; At the end of that decade of writing, Mr. Sennett attempted to understand the philosophical implications of this work in authority [1980]

At this point he took a break from sociology and wrote three novels: The frog who dared to croak (1982), An evening by Brahms (1984) and Royal Palace (1987). Then he returned to urban research with two books, The conscience of the eye , (1990), a thesis with a focus on urban development, and Meat and stone (1992), a general historical study of how physical experience has been shaped by the development of cities.

In the mid-1990s, when the world of work in modern capitalism began to change rapidly and radically, Sennett began a project that showed his personal consequences for workers, a project that has carried him to this day. The first of these studies The corrosion of the character , (1998) is an ethnographic account of how middle-level employees understand the new economy. The second in line Respect in a world of inequality , (2002) shows the impact of new ways of working on the welfare state; one third, The culture of the new capitalism , (2006) gives an overview of change. Recently, Mr. Sennett has had more positive aspects of working in The Craftsman (2008) and in Together: rituals, joys and politics of cooperation (2012). The third volume of this trilogy, building and living , will be released in 2018.

Richard Sennett has received the Hegel and Spinoza Awards, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Cambridge. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center on Capitalism and Society.

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