Respect: the Formation of Character in a World of Inequality (Innbundet)

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Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2002
Antall sider: 256
Forlag: WW Norton & Co
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9780393051261
Omtale Respect: the Formation of Character in a World of Inequality
In "Respect," 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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