Review: Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization by Richard Sennett. Richard Brilliant. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Richard Sennett. · Rating details · ratings · 19 reviews. Flesh and Stone is the story of the deepest parts of life—how women and men moved in public. Flesh and Stone is a history of the city in Western civilization, one that tells the story of urban life through bodily experience. It recounts how women and men.
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Description This vivid history of the city in Western civilization tells the story of urban life through bodily experience.
Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization by Richard Sennett
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Other editions – View all Flesh and Stone: To see what your friends thought of flesy book, please sign up. The entire thesis of the book builds up to the assertion xnd we moderns are lost and have no idea what makes for a great city, by which he means a gathering of spaces that reflect and “celebrates” god, I hate that word used in that way!
Sennett’s grand at plotting organizational politics around metaphors, and there’s a largess to his writing that probably attests to the later writings on the open city.
Cigdem rated it it was amazing Aug 31, Sennett continues the pragmatist tradition begun by William James and John Dewey. But this conclusion is not surprising since the author’s entire oeuvre for the past 30 years has been centered around the riichard same idea of modern alienation and its causes.
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Sennett writes with intelligence and grace. His first book, The Uses of Disorder,  looked at senntet personal identity takes form in the modern city. This vivid history of the city in Western civilization tells the story of urban life through bodily experience. It’s an extraordinarily rich work, deep in scope, scholarly erudition and insight. Also his suggestive notes are helpful for my study.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Ethics for the City. Without doubt Sennett makes you flip pages, even somewhich are tedious. Flesh and Stone makes sense of our constantly evolving urban living spaces, helping us to build a common home for the increased diversity of bodies that make up the modern city.
Neslihan rated it really liked it Mar 25, Nov 04, Khitkhite Buri rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 27, Rj rated it it was amazing. Sennett asserts that western civilization’s historical drive toward personal freedom especially in one’s physical life has actually culminated in passive bodies rather than active ones, in sterile spaces rather than lively ones.
The final part of Flesh and Stone deals with what happened to urban space as modern scientific understanding of the body cut free from pagan and Christian stonf. The latter is used in a way reminiscent of Greg Dening in “The Death of William Gooch”, where Dening successfully presented western culture as “other” to a western audience; Sennett performs a similar feat by objectifying the stage itself upon which western culture has been enacted – the city.
Flesh and Stone is the story of the deepest parts of life—how women and men moved in public and private spaces, what they saw and heard, the smells that assailed them, where ruchard ate, how they dressed, the mores of bathing and of making love—all richqrd the architecture of stone and space from ancient Athens to modern New York.
And this can only occur, I believe, flesb understanding why bodily pain requires a place in which it can be acknowledged, and in which its transcendent origins become visible. The story then moves to Rome in the time of the Emperor Hadrian, exploring Roman beliefs in the geometrical perfection of the body.
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So, read it for the tour, but don’t base your own conclusions on Sennett’s. Flesh and Stone makes sense of our constantly evolving urban living spaces, helping us to build a common home for the ruchard diversity of bodies that make up the modern city.
Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization
One of the books I’ll have to reread when I write my magnum opus on the human condition. Particularly fascinatiing is the third section where Sennett makes the case that “A new master image of the body took form” through the discoveries William Harvey made about the circulation of the blood, that “Harvey launched a scientific revolution in the understanding of the body: Selected pages Title Page.
Published March 17th by W. Richaard story then moves to Rome in the time of the Emperor Hadrian, exploring Roman beliefs in the geometrical perfection of the body. These isolated individuals in the modern western city feel, as Alexis de Tocqueville observed, “strangers to the destinies of each other”.
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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: It disorients and makes incomplete the self, defeats the desire for coherence; the body accepting pain is ready to become a civic body, sensible to the pain of another person, pains present together on the street, at last endurable – even though, in a diverse world, each person cannot explain what he or she is feeling, who he or she is, to the other.
The story then moves to Rome in the time of the Emperor Hadrian, exploring the Roman beliefs in the geometrical perfection of the body. Sennett makes a good case for seeing ricnard as a social medium.
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