Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

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Yale University Press, Jan 10, 2012 - Philosophy - 336 pages
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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 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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Review: Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

User Review  - Dusan - Goodreads

In this book Sennett feels somehow more 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 ... Read full review

Review: Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

User Review  - Marco - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Contents

The Cooperative Frame of Mind
3
Cooperation Shaped
33
Cooperation Weakened
131
Cooperation Strengthened
197
Montaignes Cat
274
Notes
281
Index
303
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DIVRichard Sennett's works include The Craftsman and The Culture of the New Capitalism, both published by Yale University Press. He founded and served as first director of the New York Institute of the Humanities and is now a professor of sociology at both New York University and the London School of Economics./div

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