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Richard Sennett

Datum narození: 1. leden 1943

Richard Sennett je americký sociolog, profesor na London School of Economics a New York University. Je žákem Davida Riesmana a Erika Eriksona. Je znám především pro své studie o životě v moderním velkoměstě. Dalším jeho velkým tématem je práce. Analýzu postmoderního, decentralizovaného kapitalismu představil ve vlivné práci The Culture of the New Capitalism roku 2006. Je manželem socioložky Saskie Sassenové. Píše i prózu a populární práce o hudbě.


„Čas je jediný zdroj k dispozici volně všem.“

„Jaké zlo budete tolerovat záleží na tom, po jakém dobru toužíte.“


„Issac Stern rule: the better your technique, the more impossible your standards.“ The Craftsman

„Craftsmanship names an enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake.“ The Craftsman

„Electronic communication is one means by which the very idea of public life has been put to an end.“ The Fall of Public Man

„To the absolutist in every craftsman, each imperfection is a failure; to the practitioner, obsession with perfection seems a perception for failure.“ The Craftsman

„The reigning belief today is that closeness between persons is a moral good. The reigning aspiration today is to develop individual personality through experiences of closeness and warmth with others. The reigning myth today is that the evils of society can all be understood as evils of impersonality, alienation, and coldness. The sum of these three is an ideology of intimacy: social relationships of all kinds are real, believable, and authentic the closer they approach the inner psychological concerns of each person. This ideology transmutes political categories into psychological categories. This ideology of intimacy defines the humanitarian spirit of a society without gods: warmth is our god. The history of the rise and fall of public culture at the very least calls this humanitarian spirit into question. The belief in closeness between persons as a moral good is in fact the product of a profound dislocation which capitalism and secular belief produced in the last century. Because of this dislocation, people sought to find personal meanings in impersonal situations, in objects, and in the objective conditions of society itself. They could not find these meanings; as the world became psychomorphic, it became mystifying. They therefore sought to flee, and find in the private realms of life, especially in the family, some principle of order in the perception of personality. Thus the past built a hidden desire for stability in the overt desire for closeness between human beings. Even as we have revolted against the stern sexual rigidities of the Victorian family, we continue to burden close relations with others with these hidden desires for security, rest, and permanence. When the relations cannot bear these burdens, we conclude there is something wrong with the relationship, rather than with the unspoken expectations. Arriving at a feeling of closeness to others is thus often after a process of testing them; the relationship is both close and closed. If it changes, if it must change, there is a feeling of trust betrayed. Closeness burdened with the expectation of stability makes emotional communication—hard enough as it is—one step more difficult. Can intimacy on these terms really be a virtue?“ The Fall of Public Man

„The second trait of narcissism in which asceticism plays a role is blankness. “If only I could feel”—in this formula the self-denial and self-absorption reach a perverse fulfillment. Nothing is real if I cannot feel it, but I can feel nothing. The defense against there being something real outside the self is perfected, because, since I am blank, nothing outside me is alive. In therapy the patient reproaches himself for an inability to care, and yet this reproach, seemingly so laden with self-disgust, is really an accusation against the outside. For the real formula is, nothing suffices to make me feel. Under cover of blankness, there is the more childish plaint that nothing can make me feel if I don’t want to, and hidden in the characters of those who truly suffer because they go blank faced with a person or activity they always thought they had desired, there is the secret, unrecognized conviction that other people, or other things as they are, will never be good enough.“ The Fall of Public Man


„But still he keeps working with a will; that's the craftsman in him." (pg-265)“ The Craftsman

„There is something more here than embarrassment at being praised. The strengths 'I' have are not admissible to the arena of ability where they are socially useful; for once admitted, 'I'--my real self--would no longer have them.“

„The reigning belief today is that closeness between persons is a moral good. The reigning aspiration today is to develop individual personality through experiences of closeness and warmth with others. The reigning myth today is that the evils of society can all be understood as the evils of impersonality, alienation, and coldness. The sum of these three is an ideology of intimacy: social relationships of all kinds are real, believable, and authentic the closer they approach the inner psychological concerns of each person. This ideology transmutes political categories into psychological categories. This ideology of intimacy defines the humanitarian spirit of a society without gods; warmth is our god.“ The Fall of Public Man

„We are more likely to fail as craftsmen due to our inability to organize obsession than because of our lack of ability.“ The Craftsman


„The past was in them, still disturbing but no longer a governing history; the trauma strengthened the convictions they possessed about how to lead their lives.“

„... sürekli riske maruz kalmak, karakter duygunuzu iyice aşındırır. Ortalamaya doğru regresyon eğilimini yenebilecek hiçbir anlatı yoktur; insan her defasında 'baştan başlar'.“ The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism

„the single most pressing earthly obligation of every medieval artisan was the establishment of a good personal reputation."11“ The Craftsman

„[There are] code words used today to measure the 'authenticity' of relationships or other persons. We speak of whether we can personally 'relate' to events or other persons, and whether in the relationship itself people are 'open' to one another. The first is a cover word for measuring the other in terms of a mirror of self-concern, and the second is a cover for measuring social interaction in terms of the market exchange of confession.“

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