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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 Americaan 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 ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 17th 1993 by W. W. Norton Company (first published January 1st 1972)
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Christy
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books about socio-economic class and how it punishes the poor psychologically through blame and shame as belief in the meritocracy means that it's up to them. Sometimes I share the Disneyland song of the The Achieving Society adding one line, but also acknowledging the modern contradiction that as parents we encourage our children to "get ahead" although we know it's more social structural than individual achievement:
If you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are (or
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Trevor
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-theory, work
This is stunningly good not least since it conforms with things Ive been saying about social class for years, mostly based on my own experience. But this does so much more comprehensively than I have in the past and gives many additional examples that I hadnt thought about that go to complicate, but also illuminate, what class alienation means and encourages.

The myth is that we live in a meritocracy and since we live in a meritocracy people who do not succeed have only themselves to blame
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Sencer Turunç
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Günümüzdeki aşağılanma rejimi eskisinden daha az zalim ama daha sinsidir diyor Senneth. Sınıflı bir toplum, insanların ürettikleri şeyin gereği olarak hak ettiklerini alamadıkları bir toplumdur; formül çok basit gibi görünebilir ama çarpıtılabilir, zira "hak etmek" ne demektir?

Çoğu birey için şimdiki amaç, mülk edinmek, sahip olmak, tahakküm etmek değil, maddi şeylerin karmaşık, alacalı, başkalarınca kolayca idrak edilemeyen bir içsel benlik yaratmaya yardımcı olmasıdır. Çünkü sadece böylesi bir
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Malcolm
Aug 22, 2012 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 ...more
Stephen
Jan 02, 2015 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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Neil Griffin
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting, yet sad book to read. There have been studies done that show how class mobility is much rarer in our allegedly classless society when compared to the famously class-conscious England and this book sheds light on how this works.

It shows the burdens society puts on manual laborers and how the figment of a classless society puts the blame squarely on the individuals who don't obtain the American Dream. The interviews show how these workers understand that the stack is
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John G.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an important book, a dangerous, subversive book in fact. Written in clear, emotional language for the ordinary person to comprehend. This book delves into areas rarely discussed and articulated, those of class status and legitimate power. This book lays bare some key underlying fallacies of the great American con game. Properly understood, this book would lead to revolt and riot at the massive fraud being committed against humanity and human potential, this book opened my eyes about the ...more
Leonardo
Aug 17, 2018 marked it as to-keep-reference
describe los daños psicológicos infligidos a los hombres trabajadores de boston, que tienden a creer que si no consiguen prosperar es por su propia incapacidad, con los consiguientes sentimientos de hostilidad, resentimiento y vergüenza.

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Steve Wiggins
Oct 19, 2013 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.
Catherine
Feb 17, 2013 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.
Irina
Oct 18, 2011 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. ...more
mis fit
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......
Lisa
Jan 04, 2016 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.
Clarence
Mar 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Dated but still very interesting.
David
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
powerful and compelling
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Useful questions, interesting problem, remain unconvinced by their solutions
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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. ...more

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