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Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  208 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Flesh and Stone is the story of the deepest parts of life—how women and men moved in public and private spaces, what they saw and heard, the smells that assailed them, where they ate, how they dressed, the mores of bathing and of making love—all in the architecture of stone and space from ancient Athens to modern New York.

Early in Flesh and Stone, Richard Sennett probes th
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 17th 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1996)
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Beste Bal
Sep 12, 2015 Beste Bal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
kitabın hazırlıklarına Sennett ve Foucault birlikte girişmişler. eğer tamamlayabilselerdi elbette bambaşka bir kitap çıkardı ve ne muhteşem olurdu, fakat bu haliyle de oldukça zihin açıcı bir olmuş. elbette Sennett, ağırlığı 'şehir' üzerine çekmiş ama dilini bilenler için bu anlatısı oldukça farklı, kışkırtıcı, yeni bir görme biçimi. kent ve kentli ile derdi olanlar için kaçırılmaması gereken bir kitap. görsel açıdan da oldukça zengin olduğunu ekleyeyim.
Pablo Aguirre
Jun 01, 2016 Pablo Aguirre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excelente libro para aquellos interesados en saber como nacen las ciudades y sus componentes. Es interesante como muestra el cuerpo y la ciudad mezclados, en el nacimiento de distintos hábitos que iremos construyendo en las ciudades. Es llamativo también el origen de ejemplos como la ciudad de París y sus cambios. Es entretenido observar el avance del paisajismo y el nacimiento de las grandes ciudades.
Rodrigo Vidal
La metodología del autor es brillante. Nada más que decir, capaz de realizar vinculaciones entre la concepción de ser humano y el uso del espacio desde un punto de vista sexual. ¿Qué más esperar si trabajó con Foucault en "Sexuality and soolitude"?
Oct 27, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
A book that will stay with you for life. Superb!
Richard Sennett deftly tackles a topic of considerable breadth in "Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization". Using primary and secondary sources, fiction and art, Sennett examines six cities at various historical moments in order to explore the development of the relationship between cities and the bodies of their residents. He identifies attitudes toward the self and the Other, towards comfort and pain, that manifest themselves in western urban culture and spaces and, in ...more
Apr 06, 2007 Héctor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Al igual que las crucifixiones romanas, las ejecuciones cristianas pretendían dramatizar el poder del Estado para causar dolor. Las máquinas de matar como la rueda o el potro retrasaban la muerte todo lo posible para que el público pudiera ver cómo se desgarraban los músculos de la víctima y escuchar sus alaridos. A diferencia de las crucifixiones, prolongando el dolor las autoridades cristianas pretendían forzar a la víctima a confesar la enormidad de sus pecados antes de verse
Jan 27, 2015 Rj rated it it was amazing
Started reading Richard Sennett's Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization (New York: Norton, 1994) last week and realized quickly that the book is one of those monographs that I need to have in my own personal library. I have tried over the past few years to minimize my belongings. To reduce what I have, my material possessions to only those things that I use over and over again. Regarding books I have limited space, which forces me to decide about each monograph, its cont ...more
Aug 30, 2013 Blair rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK CHANGED THE WAY I LOOK AT CITIES. I was introduced to Sennett's book by my "mentor", when he would quote this book in lectures on political and moral philosophy. It's so true - consider how structuring the city in the mindset of the contemporary view of the body; think about how living without clothes in public altered not just the political interaction, but urban design. Read this and you will never see big cities the same again.
Jul 30, 2013 Swastee rated it it was amazing
This book,by a friend of Foucault's is almost a god send. I love the introduction - the temporality of the body and the space of the city is a conversation that we need to understand constantly. Without doubt Sennett makes you flip pages, even somewhich are tedious. Love it.
Apr 27, 2011 David rated it liked it
Sennett makes a good case for seeing architecture as a social medium. His stories justify his theory. i heard an interview with Sennett on the CBC's Ideas program and he comes across as a writer truly interested in the human condition - we are who we are but what we build. Good read.
David Bird
Apr 21, 2013 David Bird rated it it was ok
I found this book a grave disappointment, with little substance, and much theory and self-satisfaction.
Frank Ashe
One of the books I'll have to reread when I write my magnum opus on the human condition. How do we connect the body and the city?
Feb 03, 2013 Rock rated it really liked it
Although not every section is convincingly tied to the thesis, they are all well told and intriguing stories in their own right. Richard Sennett is the best.
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