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Richard Sennett

Richard Sennett is University Professor of the Humanities at New York University and Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has explored how individuals and groups make social and cultural sense of material facts—about the cities in which they live and about the labour they do. He focuses on how people can become competent interpreters of their own experience, despite the obstacles society may put in their way. His research entails ethnography, history, and social theory. As a social analyst, Mr. Sennett continues the pragmatist tradition begun by William James and John Dewey.

Most recently, Mr. Sennett has explored more positive aspects of labor in The Craftsman (2008), and in Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation (2012). The third volume in this trilogy, Making and Dwelling, will appear in 2016.


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