Analyzes the role of authority in personal and public life. From the French revolution to the present, the author explores what happens when our fear of and need for authority come into conflict, and why, in the act of rebelling, we become tied to those we struggle against.
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This book is a study of both how we experience authority and how we might experience it differently. Sennett explores the bonds that rebellion against authority paradoxically establishes, showing how this paradox has been in the making since the French Revolution and how today it expresses itself in offices, in factories, and in government as well as in the family.About the Author:
Richard Sennett’s books include The Corrosion of Character, Flesh and Stone, and Respect. He was the founding director of the New York Institute for the Humanities and now teaches sociology at New York University and at the London School of Economics.
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