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Introducing Richard Sennett

Richard Sennett writes about cities, labor, and culture. He teaches sociology at New York University and at the London School of Economics.

Richard SennettThis website gives you information about his published books and articles; it provides a gallery of images which supplement his writings on cities; it contains a full c.v.; you will also find contact information.  The photo at the right can be down-loaded from the  "image gallery" section of the website. 


Recent News

Richard Sennett spoke at the EUROPA conference in Paris on “Foreign Perspective: Europe Seen From The United States”.

Richard Sennett spoke at “The Infrastructure Summit – Future Cities” for The Economist.

Richard Sennett published his article 'Efficient or Sociable Cities?' in City Transformations, the Urban Age conference newspaper.

Richard Sennett was interviewed on “Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel”.

Recent work

Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation

The CraftsmanLiving with people who differ—racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically—is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today. We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city. In this thought-provoking book, Richard Sennett discusses why this has happened and what might be done about it.

The Craftsman

The CraftsmanThe Craftsman names a basic human impulse: the desire to do a job well for its own sake. Although the word may suggest a way of life that waned with the advent of industrial society, Sennett argues that the craftsman’s realm is far broader than skilled manual labor; the computer programmer, the doctor, the parent, and the citizen need to learn the values of good craftsmanship today.

Practicing Culture

Practicing CultureThe essays in Practicing Culture seek to revitalize the field of cultural sociology. They show how to put theoretical sources to work in empirical research. Culture is a set of practices rather than static representations; culture is made and remade in countless small ways and occasional bursts of innovation. Culture is something people do.

The Culture of the New Capitalism

The Culture of the New CapitalismIn The Culture of the New Capitalism, Richard Sennett surveys the major differences between earlier forms of industrial capitalism and the more global, more febrile, ever more mutable version of capitalism that is taking its place.

The Foreigner

The ForeignerIn this pair of essays Richard Sennett visits two of the world's greatest cities at crucial moments in their history to meditate on the condition of exile in both geographical and psychic space: the Jewish Ghetto of Renaissance Venice, where state-imposed outsiderdom was translated into a rich community identity; and nineteenth-century Paris, a magnet for political exiles, where the experience of displacement seeped into the city's culture at large.

Respect, In an Age of Inequality

Respect, In an Age of InequalityIn the uncertain world of “flexible” social relationships, all are troubled by issues of respect: whether it be an employee stuck with insensitive management, a social worker trying to aid a resentful client, or a virtuoso artist and an accompanist aiming for a perfect duet.

The Corrosion of Character

The Corrosion of CharacterDrawing on interviews with dismissed IBM executives in Westchester, New York, bakers in a high-tech Boston bakery, a barmaid turned advertising executive, and many others, Sennett explores the disorienting effects of the new capitalism.

Flesh and Stone

Flesh and StoneFlesh and Stone is a history of the city in Western civilization, one that tells the story of urban life through bodily experience.

For a full list of publications and translations, click here.