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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.
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.
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."
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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