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Respect in a World of Inequality: The Formation of Character in a World of Inequality Richard Sennett

Respect in a World of Inequality: The Formation of Character in a World of Inequality

Richard Sennett

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ISBN : 9780393051261
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288 pages
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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 Chicagos infamous Cabrini GreenMoreIn 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 Chicagos 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.