Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

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Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation By Richard Sennett Together The Rituals Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation Living with people who differ racially ethnically religiously or economically is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves

  • Title: Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation
  • Author: Richard Sennett
  • ISBN: 9780141022109
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Paperback
  • Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation By Richard Sennett Living with people who differ racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city In this thought provoking book, Richard Sennett discusses why this has happened and whatLiving with people who differ racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city In this thought provoking book, Richard Sennett discusses why this has happened and what might be done about it.Sennett contends that cooperation is a craft, and the foundations for skillful cooperation lie in learning to listen well and discuss rather than debate In Together he explores how people can cooperate online, on street corners, in schools, at work, and in local politics He traces the evolution of cooperative rituals from medieval times to today, and in situations as diverse as slave communities, socialist groups in Paris, and workers on Wall Street Divided into three parts, the book addresses the nature of cooperation, why it has become weak, and how it could be strengthened The author warns that we must learn the craft of cooperation if we are to make our complex society prosper, yet he reassures us that we can do this, for the capacity for cooperation is embedded in human nature.
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    1. Trevor on said:

      I want to engage with some of the ideas in this book, rather than review it, per se As humans we are the outcome of a kind of struggle of opposites We are obviously highly social animals very few of us go off and live on top of a mountain, our language only makes sense if we can speak it to other people, most of what we do can only be done because we live in a society of interconnected others We are condemned to be together , if you like And this is increasingly the case in the cities most of us [...]

    2. Marks54 on said:

      This is a study of cooperation by Richard Sennett Sennett is one of the best social theorists writing today and this study is a follow up to his work on craftsmen and craft organization This is a theory driven examination of what cooperation is, what the state of cooperation is in modern society, and what can be done about it Unlike a straightforward history, Sennett has a definite argument to make The book takes a deep dive into the different meanings of cooperation in social behavior There ar [...]

    3. Philippe on said:

      In this stimulating book Richard Sennett investigates how people who have conflicting interests, are unequal or don t understand each other might engage in difficult , constructive cooperation Sennett s view is that cooperation rests on a set of skills he refers to them as dialogic skills that can be learned and have to be sustained Our contemporary society has been weakening those skills in distinctive ways Increasing economic inequalities translate in everyday experiences of elites becoming ev [...]

    4. Ferda Nihat Koksoy on said:

      BERABER birli i Rit elleri, Zevkleri ve Politikas ABD a r derecede KAB LE toplumu haline gelmi tir ve B ZE KAR I ONLAR psikolojisi her eyi ele ge irmektedir Bize kar onlar ilkel d rt s , kabilenin devaml l n sa lar KENT ise, FARKLI OLANLARIN, ZAHMET GEREKT REN ve D YALO A DAYALI B RL ile devam edebilecek bir d zenektir stereotipiyi ta maz Aristoteles G n m zde zenginler ile di erleri aras ndaki GEL R U URUMU giderek b y yerek sosyal mesafelerin de gerilmesine yol a makta, ticarette oldu u gibi i [...]

    5. Richard on said:

      The BBC4 sociology podcast Thinking Allowed brought Richard Sennett to my attention in a brief discussion of cooperation in a February 2012 program What he said there was intriguing enough I looked him up here.The crucial point he had made in the discussion was that cooperation requires unspoken rules, often in the form of rituals The example he cites is the trading floor of a financial market All the business that is transacted couldn t be done if the actors didn t follow an elaborate set of ri [...]

    6. Athena on said:

      At the end of his life, the philosopher Michel de Montaigne inserted, in one of his essays a question When I am playing with my cat, how do I know she is not playing with me The question summed up Montaigne s long held conviction that we can never really plumb the inner life of others, be they cats or other human beings My premise about this is that we frequently don t understand what s passing in the hearts and the minds of people with whom we have to work Yet as Montaigne kept playing with his [...]

    7. Martin on said:

      It was refreshing to read an analysis of social life and co operation that did not rely on neuroscience or cod economic theory Sennett grapples with the problem of how we build social bonds without relying on the expedient of trying to engineer behaviour from the top down Instead he argues that co operation requires skill that is developed through social practice over time Sennett is trying to develop an organic conception of social relations This attempt founders due to an over reliance on the [...]

    8. Mathilde on said:

      Read Theodore Zelvin, Voltaire s Candide, Theodore KeelVocabularyOmniarch a ruler of everything in the world or universephalanx a group of people or things of a similar type forming a compact bodysensate perceiving or perceived by the sensesevince reveal the presence of a quality or feeling indicate ontology the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of beingopinquity the state of being close to someone or something proximityFind here explanations of dialogic and dialectic discussionSenne [...]

    9. blue-collar mind on said:

      The author, well known for his books on labor and cities dives deep into mutual benefits focusing on how the new world of impatient capital, new forms of labor and increasing structural inequality means we must rethink how cooperation can be strengthened To understand one difficulty in expanding cooperation in this ever dangerous world of anonymous online trolls and daily road rage incidents, he brilliantly defines the uncooperative self , a new type of citizen emerging in the world who has los [...]

    10. Xavier Roelens on said:

      Dit boek heeft me woorden gegeven om uit te leggen waarom samenwerking, vriendschappen en goede omkadering zo belangrijk zijn Ook en zeker in de kunsten.

    11. Uwe Hook on said:

      Richard Sennett contends that living with people who differ racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves, and modern politics encourages the politics of the tribe rather than of the city In Together he traces the evolution of cooperative rituals in situations as diverse as slave communities, socialist groups in Paris, and workers on Wall Street Divided into three parts, t [...]

    12. Jdu FFH on said:

      Sennett is een erudiet socioloog filosoof Hij combineert zijn kennis van allerlei bronnen en literatuur met persoonlijke ervaringen en bespiegelingen Dat is in eerste instantie innemend, maar op een gegeven moment begint de persoon Sennett zijn betoog in de weg te zitten Ja, de mensheid is in de loop van de geschiedenis, in elk geval in het Westen, het verleerd om samen te werken Ja, managers en projectmatig werken is de dood in de pot, omdat managers niet kundig hoeven te zijn en personeel op d [...]

    13. David Gallin-Parisi on said:

      Halfway read book for the always interesting Joel Schlosser book group Sennet examines people crafting, making, and dialoging together His references feel like there mostly from the old school For example there is no presence of the current Maker Space movement, a decent example of people currently working together for the sake of doing so However, there are excellent and surprising discoveries that Sennett presents in this work People can effectively work, produce, craft, build, and even disagr [...]

    14. !Tæmbuŝu on said:

      KOBOBOOKSReviewed by The Independent, The Guardian 3 Feb 2012 , The Guardian 11 Mar 2012 , The Guardian 7 Apr 2013

    15. David Sasaki on said:

      Sennett will always be one of my favorite writers definitely my favorite sociologist David Ranchman summarizes the book concisely Communities are easy to create, but co operation is hard Together is the second book in a trilogy focused on craftsmanship and urban life The first wasThe Craftsman , which has a tremendous impact on my worldview, and I m looking forward to reading the forthcoming Making and Dwelling.

    16. Dusan on said:

      In this book Sennett feels somehow detached from his subjects then in Corrosion of Character or Respect The theme of the book is very topical and relevant for continuing survival of western society, but the book feels to fall short in facing the hard truths As Vaneigem often repeated, the capitalist system is built on separation Also, closer to home, Christopher Lasch s Revolt of Elites might be a good accompaniment for this book Still, the core message in Sennett s writing remains strong in th [...]

    17. Manuel J. on said:

      The book is a very interesting journey between a Lily Allen song and Montaigne s cat That is an elaborate literary way of talking about a book that is really about cooperation as a way of living in society Sennett goes round and round many aspects of living in society, from ancient Greece to the present day, not necessarily chronologically, exploring many right and wrong ways intensively, butin a soft way, letting the reader do some work by him herself It makes a trilogy with The Crafstman and a [...]

    18. Marco on said:

      A good book by Richard Sennett that develops in a deep research historical, sociological, economic and even political on the theme of human collaboration.The result is an interesting book to read with calm and patience required when it comes to this author In fact it s easy sometimes to get lost losing sight of the author s intentions.Read in Italian language.

    19. tinebeest on said:

      Loved it What have Holbein s painting the ambassadors and Montaigne s cat in common Here they function as bookends of a deep study of cooperation the skill to get on with people who are different where it has gone wrong, and how we can repair it Can t wait for part 3 of the Homo Faber project, on city planning and urban spaces.

    20. LiA on said:

      Excellent analysis of communities and coexistence in hour times, and very well written Sennett at his best.

    21. John on said:

      Sennett explores the ways in which we have lost the skills for cooperating effectively in modern society.

    22. Anakin on said:

      A great historical and sociological view on cooperation A surprisingly great book that I had to read for a course.

    23. Dainius Jocas on said:

      Many facts that probably are good illustration for presented ideas, but mostly they are unknown At times it was hard to follow the author.

    24. Frederico on said:

      TogetherBom, rimas repetitivo Alguns conceitos deveriam se mais explorados As conex es n o ficaram claras pra mim, poderia ter explorado mais.

    25. Tonwallast on said:

      Very interesting book Especially his view on sympathy and empathy.

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