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The Hidden Injuries of Class

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In this intrepid, groundbreaking book, Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb uncover and define a new form of class conflict in America—an internal conflict in the heart and mind of the white blue-collar worker who measures his own value against those lives and occupations to which our society gives a special premium. The authors conclude that in the games of hierarchical resp ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 17th 1993 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1972)
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Aug 22, 2012 Malcolm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic, essential piece of sociology exploring the meaning of class in everyday life in the context of a politics of post-war capitalism that accentuates the individual and individualism, along with the ideal that a lack of success is a personal failing. Historically aware - it may deal with the post-war USA but Sennett & Cobb's intellectual sophistication means that they are able to draw on rich insights from 19th and 20th century political, sociological and intellectual work, all in a b ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it
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When I read this book twenty years ago I found it very powerful. It was recommended by a close friend, a physician and ABD (all but dissertation) sociologist who studied with Robert Merton. Probably not a word would be less valid today than then. Twenty years later I stand by giving it at least four stars.
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Jan 09, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
The last 20 pages are a good summation. You can skim the rest since the authors admit themselves that all of their evidence is anecdotal and are used mostly to illustrate concepts they introduce.
Dec 14, 2013 Catherine rated it liked it
Limited. Not that I didn't get a few insights out of it, but it was published in 1966, and seems very much a product of its time. Looks at class in the USA without real consideration for its intersections with race and gender. I also thought Sennett and Cobb's points made about class could have been made better- the arguments felt a little thin to me.
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Oct 19, 2013 Steve Wiggins rated it it was amazing
Perhaps a bit dated, but every bit as relevant as it was when first published. Society still hasn't recognized the suffering imposed by the invisible class system that is still firmly in place. Please see more at: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.
Oct 18, 2011 Irina rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written. A revolutionary perspective, extremely relevant for our understanding of the current problems of economic and social inequality. The adapts of the ‘classless’ society and the economic liberalism under ‘new’ market economy did its best to bury this perspective alive.
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Jan 27, 2013 mis fit rated it liked it
I understand why this is an important book, and it actually taught me some stuff about my own family, but it is just ok overall. Big gaps in terms of race and gender, but that's the time it was written in... I guess......
Jan 21, 2012 Erika rated it really liked it
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Useful questions, interesting problem, remain unconvinced by their solutions
Dec 28, 2008 Clarence rated it liked it
Dated but still very interesting.
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Richard Sennett has explored how individuals and groups make social and cultural sense of material facts -- about the cities in which they live and about the labour they do. He focuses on how people can become competent interpreters of their own experience, despite the obstacles society may put in their way. His research entails ethnography, history, and social theory. As a social analyst, Mr. Sen ...more
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