The Uses of Disorder
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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 15.2mm | 294.84g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0393309096
  • 9780393309096
  • 601,282

About Richard Sennett

Richard Sennett's books include The Corrosion of Character, Flesh and Stone, and Respect. He was the founding director of the New York Institute for the Humanities and now teaches sociology at New York University and at the London School of Economics.show more

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