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Richard Sennett (born Chicago, 1 January 1943) is the Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University....

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The Architecture of Cooperation - Richard Sennett

On February 28, 2012, Senior Loeb Scholar, Richard Sennett delivered the lecture, "The Architecture of Cooperation which addresses a question: how can we design spaces in the city which encourage strangers to cooperate? To explore this question he draws on research in the social sciences about cooperation, based on his book, Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation. He relates this research to current issues in urban design. "A Brief Biography" (from Richard Sennett's website) "Richard Sennett 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. His first book, The Uses of Disorder, [1970] looked at how personal identity takes form in the modern city. He then studied how working-class identities are shaped in modern society, in The Hidden Injuries of Class, written with Jonathan Cobb. [1972] A study of the public realm of cities, The Fall of Public Man, appeared in 1977; at the end of this decade of writing, Mr. Sennett sought to account the philosophic implications of this work in Authority [1980]. At this point he took a break from sociology <b>...</b>
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