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The corrosion of character : the personal consequences of work in the new capitalism

Title
The corrosion of character : the personal consequences of work in the new capitalism / Richard Sennett.
Edition
1st ed.
Published
New York, NY : Norton, c1998.
Description
176 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary
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."
Contents
1. Drift: How personal character is attacked by the new capitalism
2. Routine: An evil of the old capitalism
3. Flexible: The restructuring of time
4. Illegible: Why modern forms of labor are difficult to understand
5. Risk: Why risk-taking has become disorienting and depressing
6. The Work Ethic: How the work ethic has changed
7. Failure: Coping with failure
8. The Dangerous Pronoun: Community as a remedy for the ills of work.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language
English
LCCN
98017106
ISBN
0393046788
0393319873 (pbk.)
Format
Book Book
Acquired On
September 17, 2013
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