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Author Sennett, Richard, 1943-

Title The uses of disorder : personal identity & city life / Richard Sennett
Edition [First edition]
Published New York : Knopf, 1970
New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, 2008


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Description xvii, 198 pages ; 22 cm
Contents Introduction --- Part One: A New Puritanism. 1. Purified identity -- 2. The Myth of a Purified Community -- 3. How cities Bring the Myth to Life -- 4. Planning Purified Cities --- Part Two: A New Anarchism. Introduction to part Two. 5. Outgrowing a Purified Identity -- 6. The Good Uses of the City -- 7. The City as an Anarchic System -- 8. Conclusion: Ordinary Lives in Disorder
Summary Richard Sennett is one of the world's leading sociologists, and this book, first published in 1970, was his first single-authored work. It launched his exploration of communities and how they live in cities, and outlined his view that order breeds narrow, violence-prone lives, while an 'equilibrium of disorder' brings vigour and diversity to urban life. "The New York Times" described it as 'the best available contemporary defence of anarchism'. "The Uses of Disorder" followed the student and urban rebellions of the late 1960s. But it remains uncannily apposite to the problems of city life forty years on. In a new preface Sennett considers the response to the book over those years, and relates it to the circumstances faced by the inhabitants of cities in the twenty-first century. The body of the text remains unchanged, ready for a new generation of readers
Notes Originally published: New York: Knopf, 1970
Subject Cities and towns -- Social aspects.
Cities and towns.
City and town life.
Community life.
Community organization.
Identity (Psychology)
Sociology, Urban.
City Planning.
Self Concept.
Social Conformity.
LC no. 71106628
ISBN 0393309096
Other Titles Personal identity and city life