The powerful case for a society of mutual respect.
In Respect in a World of Inequality, distinguished sociologist Richard Sennett explores the need for respect—and the consequences of disrespect—in a highly competitive and interdependent society.
Opening with a memoir of growing up in Chicago's infamous Cabrini Green housing project, Richard Sennett looks at three factors that undermine mutual respect: unequal ability, adult dependency, and degrading forms of compassion. In contrast to current welfare "reforms," Sennett proposes a welfare system based on respect for those in need. He explores how self-worth can be nurtured in an unequal society (for example, through dedication to craft); how self-esteem must be balanced with feeling for others; and how mutual respect can forge bonds across the divide of inequality.
Where erasing inequality was once the goal of social radicals, Sennett seeks a more humane meritocracy: a society that, while accepting inequalities of talent, seeks to nurture the best in all its members and to connect them strongly to one another.
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Richard Sennett teaches sociology at the London School of Economics and New York University.
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Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0393051269
Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0393051269
Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110393051269