The Corrosion of Character : The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism, Paperback

The Corrosion of Character : The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism Paperback

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In The Corrosion of Character, Richard Sennett, "among the country's most distinguished thinkers ...has concentrated into 176 pages a profoundly affecting argument" (Business Week) that draws on interviews with dismissed IBM executives, bakers, a bartender turned advertising executive, and many others to call into question the terms of our new economy.

In his 1972 classic, The Hidden Injuries of Class (written with Jonathan Cobb), Sennett interviewed a man he called Enrico, a hardworking janitor whose life was structured by a union pay schedule and given meaning by his sacrifices for the future.

In this new book-a #1 bestseller in Germany-Sennett explores the contemporary scene characterized by Enrico's son, Rico, whose life is more materially successful, yet whose work lacks long-term commitments or loyalties.

Distinguished by Sennett's "combination of broad historical and literary learning and a reporter's willingness to walk into a store or factory [and] strike up a conversation" (New York Times Book Review), this book "challenges the reader to decide whether the flexibility of modern capitalism merely a fresh form of oppression" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Praise for The Corrosion of Character: "A benchmark for our time."-Daniel Bell "[A]n incredibly insightful book."-William Julius Wilson "[A] remarkable synthesis of acute empirical observation and serious moral reflection."-Richard Rorty "[Sennett] offers abundant fresh insights ...illuminated by his concern with people's struggle to give meaning to their lives."-[Memphis] Commercial Appeal


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Sociology: work & labour
  • ISBN: 9780393319873



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Fabulous. One of he best books I've read about different economic systems and the consequences they have for ordinary people.

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I found it an interesting read about how people are finding it hard to cope with the way work is being presented and the worship of youth over older and experience. Flexibility is one thing but feeling valued in your job and that there is some security is another.It isn't really my area of expertise but I did find it interesting to read and it did solidify some of my ideas about how work is going.

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