The Uses of Disorder

The Uses of Disorder : Personal Identity and City Life

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The distinguished social critic Richard Sennett here shows how the excessively ordered community freezes adults-both the young idealists and their security-oriented parents-into rigid attitudes that stifle personal growth. He argues that the accepted ideal of order generates patterns of behavior among the urban middle classes that are stultifying, narrow, and violence-prone. And he proposes a functioning city that can incorporate anarchy, diversity, and creative disorder to bring into being adults who can openly respond to and deal with the challenges of life.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 15.2mm | 294.84g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0393309096
  • 9780393309096
  • 686,772

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About Richard Sennett

Richard Sennett teaches sociology at the London School of Economics and New York University

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