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The corrosion of character : the personal consequences of work in the new capitalism

Author: Richard Sennett
Publisher: New York ; London : Norton, 1998
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on interviews with dismissed IBM executives in Westchester, New York, bakers in a high-tech Boston bakery, a barmaid turned advertising executive, and many others, Sennett explores the disorienting effects of the new capitalism. He reveals the vivid and illuminating contrast between two worlds of work: the vanished world of rigid, hierarchical organizations, where what mattered was a sense of personal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sennett, Richard, 1943-
Corrosion of character
(DLC) 98017106
(OCoLC)50054957
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Sennett
ISBN: 9780393078527 0393078523
OCLC Number: 916033283
Description: 1 online resource (176 pages)
Contents: Drift: How personal character is attacked by the new capi alism --
Routine: An evil of the old capitalism --
Flexible: The restructuring of time --
Illegible: Why modern forms of labor are difficult to understand --
Risk: Why risk-taking has become disorienting and depressing --
The Work Ethic: How the work ethic has changed --
Failure: Coping with failure --
The Dangerous Pronoun: Community as a remedy for the ills of work.
Responsibility: Richard Sennett.
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Abstract:

Drawing on interviews with dismissed IBM executives in Westchester, New York, bakers in a high-tech Boston bakery, a barmaid turned advertising executive, and many others, Sennett explores the disorienting effects of the new capitalism. He reveals the vivid and illuminating contrast between two worlds of work: the vanished world of rigid, hierarchical organizations, where what mattered was a sense of personal character, and the brave new world of corporate re-engineering, risk, flexibility, networking, and short-term teamwork, where what matters is being able to reinvent yourself on a dime. In this timely and essential essay, Sennett enables us to understand the social and political context for our contemporary confusions, and he suggests how we need to re-imagine both community and individual character in order to confront an economy based on the principle of "no long term."

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