The corrosion of character : the personal consequences of work in the new capitalism / Richard Sennett.

Author
Sennett, Richard, 1943- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
New York : Norton, c1998.
Description
176 p. ; 22 cm.

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Summary note
Drawing 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. He reveals the vivid and illuminating contrast between two worlds of work: the vanished world of rigid, hierarchical organizations, where what mattered was a sense of personal character, and the brave new world of corporate re-engineering, risk, flexibility, networking, and short-term teamwork, where what matters is being able to reinvent yourself on a dime. In this timely and essential essay, Sennett enables us to understand the social and political context for our contemporary confusions, and he suggests how we need to re-imagine both community and individual character in order to confront an economy based on the principle of "no long term."
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-166) and index.
Contents
  • Drift: How personal character is attacked by the new capitalism
  • Routine: An evil of the old capitalism
  • Flexible: The restructuring of time
  • Illegible: Why modern forms of labor are difficult to understand
  • Risk: Why risk-taking has become disorienting and depressing
  • The Work Ethic: How the work ethic has changed
  • Failure: Coping with failure
  • The Dangerous Pronoun: Community as a remedy for the ills of work.
ISBN
0393046788
LCCN
^^^98017106^
OCLC
38909901
RCP
H - S
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