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The Corrosion of Character: In his classic, The Hidden Injuries of Class written with Jonathan CobbSennett interviewed a man he called Enrico, a hardworking janitor whose life was structured by sennett union pay schedule and given meaning by his sacrifices for the future. In this new book-a 1 bestseller in Germany-Sennett explores the contemporary scene characterized by Enrico’s son, Rico, whose life is more materially successful, yet whose work lacks long-term commitments or loyalties.
Distinguished by Sennett’s “combination of broad historical and literary learning and a reporter’s willingness to walk into a store or factory [and] strike up a conversation” New York Times Book Reviewthis book “challenges the reader to decide whether dl flexibility of modern capitalism. Praise for The Corrosion of Character: Paperbackpages.
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Be the first to ask a question about The Corrosion of Character. Lists with This Book. Oct 09, Trevor rated it it was amazing Shelves: Except, in the years between writing that book and this one there have been fundamental changes in the way that work is organised in the US — and throughout the rest of the world too.
In this book Sennett illustrates his ideas through a series of reported interviews although, we are assured he has deidentified all of the people, with some being constructed from parts of multiple people and others adding to more than one character in this story.
This gives the book a concrete feel to the issues raised and this helps to bring his ideas to life. So, the first question is, what is ricuard And why is it corroding?
The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism
Character is something more solid and fundamental than mere personality. I guess you could say that character is personality with backbone. It has a solidity to it, a stanchness that is tested in adversity. But more than that, while someone could be thought of as having a personality corroson while they are alone, character comes to the fore in our relationships with other people. It is something that makes most sense in interaction with others and is put on display via that interaction.
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Senett there is the problem. An interesting example of this is the story he tells of a woman who goes off to her richadr job marketing alcohol but who finally returns disillusioned and disappointed. Rather, it is an industry that is both obsessed with the young you are over-the-hill by 30 and much more interestingly, that success often depends on your ability to get out of a situation just before everything turns to shit and so while you can still seem to be smelling of roses.
It is about knowing when to leave, and who to leave holding the bag. That is, today standard employment is a ka mode of employment. But he goes further than this in relation to how modern life is undermining character.
Marx believed this form of alienation would make people angry and to eventually revolt — however, there is an interesting discussion of a bakery here, where we are provided with the entire history of this bakery as a kind of microcosm of work life within the US over the caaracter 60 or so years. The point is that today the baking is done by machines. This problem is proven as soon as the computer system either breaks down or goes wrong.
The corrosionn simply do not have any of the skills needed to redeem the situation and so all too frequently the waste bins are full of blackened rolls and loafs because the workers are incapable of making any adjustments to these set routines — they are totally alienated from their labour. In fact, Sennett says at caractdr point that even while disaster is unfolding, people get up and leave work — their shift has come to an end and they have another job waiting for them.
It is not just that they feel no loyalty to their job or to the work process, there is literally nothing they can do anyway. The workers are all probably overly educated for the work they are doing — they possibly have a college degree — but they have only the most rudimentary skills in relation to the computerised system they are a very small cog within and knowing just how little they know of the system exonerates them from all care when things go wrong.
There is a fascinating discussion of IBM and how it shifted towards more liquid employment practices by dismissing many of its previously loyal staff. I kept thinking of that thing they tell you about — the five phases of grief or whatever it is called — but here the workers all highly skilled computer programmers and such started off blaming the company, but ended by blaming themselves.
They should have seen that the world was changing away from mainframe computers and towards desktop ones. They should have made the move themselves and started their own company, they should have taken the requisite risks, been more self-reliant.
This notion of risk is taken from Beck and his Risk Society. But this self-reliance similarly destroys character — which is only meaningful in terms of the other. I figure any book that ends with a call for more community ccorrosion a book well worth reading. View all 7 comments. Jul 06, Gizem Kendik rated it really liked it. Aug 03, Tom Ewing rated it really liked it.
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This book was written inthe year I entered the corporate world Richard Sennett describes, one of networked authority, teamwork, and above all “flexibility” in the face of relentless change.
So I’m intimately familiar with much of what he discusses in this slim, bleak, but humane book – particularly the way the change and ‘disruption’ of globalism are presented as impersonal, irresistible forces.
The Corrosion Of Character is about what happens to people’s sense of themselves in these condi This book was written inthe year I entered the corporate world Richard Sennett describes, one of networked authority, teamwork, and above all “flexibility” in the face of relentless change.
The Corrosion Of Character is about what happens to people’s sense of themselves in these conditions. The embrace of impersonal change, Sennett writes, means a removal of agency – while the operations of power remain, there is a diffusion of responsibility at every level of work except the strictly personal.
But even personal responsibility and independence – the paramount virtues of this new world – begin to lose meaning and satisfaction as the ability to make a narrative of one’s life diminishes.
Sennett’s concern is character – “character as Horace first described it, character as a connection to the world, as being necessary for others”. The classical allusion is typical: Sennett’s book mixes sociological fieldwork with an overview of philosophical attitudes to work, from the Classical era to the Enlightenment.
The range of reference gives the book a thoughtful, subtle backbone which keeps it relevant even as the specific case studies begin to ever so slightly date. Have circumstances changed at all since Sennett wrote the book? As the operations he describes continue, they affect an ever wider group of people. If the book has a flaw, it’s the concentration on skilled working and middle class labour – Sennett has little to say about the unskilled working class, or those who have found themselves outside the labour economy entirely.
But I still found it an illuminating book – it offers ways to understand how our particular economic arrangements have altered our personal, social and cultural expectations. He draws hard conclusions. Of the people he meets, the only ones who seem to have recovered some level of meaning and personal narrative are a group of laid-off IBM workers. But this has come at a cost: Accepting and coming to terms with failure, Sennett suggests, represents some kind of victory over the corrosion of character, even if it’s by nature a pyrrhic one.
It’s by rediscovering and processing the very things modern capitalist culture abominates – failure and dependence – that we can recover some sense of meaning. Lo que nos cuenta. The Corrosion of Character. Aug 09, Julie rated it liked it. He has a theory, partly based on his own place in the generational scheme of life as a baby-boomer that tries to delineate normal and acceptable work patterns from the abnormal and unacceptable in terms of personal identity in the realm of work.
What stands out in my mind in this study by Sennett is the provisional nature of work arrangements in today’s economy and the impact this can have on other related components of social society. Sennett seems to be suggesting that the challenge with success is that it requires we accept its unthought about consequences. Such it is with capitalism, on a national level.
Sennett describes this impact on work life today as a mixed bag of personal suffering from drift, the destruction of identity-building routine and hyper- flexibility. Over the three hundred years since its inception as a state system, capitalism has proved to be remarkably resilient. So much so that it will continue to exist even if it seems to eradicate the human substance upon which it depends Sennet suggests to me in this book.
The very qualities that allow a malleable system of exchange to adapt to changing resource levels, both of human and physical substance, also disrupts the cagacter of identity that one assumes should come with such power. He is decrying this loss of indentity rooted in a more stable job system based on longevity and establsihed neighborhood relationships that along-side work provides one a sense of self over time.
I find this the most convincing part of his book as it seems to have implications for recreating American historical identity in its best evocations. This he says has largely been the transformation in America in the last few decades and he follows the story of one adult son of an immigrant to document this theory.
This is a quick read. I do not agree with all of Sennett’s moral conclusions about the function and meaning of work at all stages of one’s life. As the young working father dep husband in Sennet’s lens, Rico reads to me as happy and well-adjusted to his generation and economic situation when Rico himself is quoted in the book – whereas Sennet gives the impression that Rico should be more indignant, angry or despondent about his unstable if materially successful self-employed career state, and not enjoying so much his self-made success in America as Sennet’s urgings suggest.
Sennet seems not to agree with Rico’s provisional ‘identity’ in the book’s interview and the tone suggested to me to have him or the readers feel misgivings about the net negatives of this generational “mobility” and endless economic uprootedness. Sennet may have a point here, richqrd i’m not corrosiom he can superimpose it on all subjects evenly. It provoked some of the greatest level of discussion, and disagreement in a recent on-line graduate course through Execelsior College, in the on-line chat room.
Jun 28, Wm rated it really liked it Shelves: Sennett may be a little too nostalgic about unions and hierarchical corporate structures and some readers will not like how he frames his arguments in relation to a few people he meets and interviews, but that shouldn’t get in the way of his real achievement here: Sennett brings clarity to why the emphasis on teams and flexibility and leaders who don’t take ultimate responsibility but let everything slide off of them confuses, depresses and, yes, corrodes the character of workers, many of whom w Sennett may be a little too nostalgic about unions and hierarchical corporate structures and some readers will not like how he frames his arguments in relation to a few people he meets and interviews, but that shouldn’t get in the way of his real achievement here: Sennett brings clarity to why the emphasis on teams and flexibility and leaders who don’t take ultimate responsibility but let everything slide off of caravter confuses, depresses and, yes, corrodes the character of workers, many of whom would prefer more clearly defined roles and processes and some real leadership from their bosses.
Do you hate committees and team work dennett more is about how people feel and what the vision of the project should be than, you know, actually doing the work? Ever been frustrated by new technologies that leave you dependent on others, dumb down your work and don’t really produce a superior product to the old way of doing things?
Sennett explains what that’s all about.