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Richard Sennett is one of the world's leading sociologists, and this book, first published in 1970, was his first single-authored work. It launched his exploration of communities and how they live in cities, and outlined his view that order breeds narrow, violence-prone lives, while an 'equilibrium of disorder' brings vigour and diversity to urban life. "The New York Times" described it as 'the best available contemporary defence of anarchism'. "The Uses of Disorder" followed the student and urban rebellions of the late 1960s. But it remains uncannily apposite to the problems of city life forty years on. In a new preface Sennett considers the response to the book over those years, and relates it to the circumstances faced by the inhabitants of cities in the twenty-first century. The body of the text remains unchanged, ready for a new generation of readers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300148275
ISBN-10: 0300148275
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Richard Sennett

Richard Sennett is professor of social and cultural theory at the London School of Economics, and Bemis Professor of Social Science at MIT. Among his books is The Culture of the New Capitalism (2006), published by Yale.

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