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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Excelente libro para aquellos interesados en saber como nacen las ciudades y sus componentes. Es entretenido observar el avance del paisajismo y el nacimiento de las grandes ciudades. A book that will stay with you for life. 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.
There's something new, something old and a lot borrowed in this book - it's like listening to stories told by your classmate's talkative grandmother because everyone else is talking about the weather or puppies. Somehow things look a little different and a little quirkier when you leave, but nothing really changes. Using primary and secondary sources, fiction and art, Sennett examines six cities at various historical moments in order to explore the development of the relationship between cities and the bodies of their residents.
He identifies attitudes toward the self and the Other, towards comfort and pain, that manifest themselves in western urban culture and spaces and, in Richard Sennett deftly tackles a topic of considerable breadth in "Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization". He identifies attitudes toward the self and the Other, towards comfort and pain, that manifest themselves in western urban culture and spaces and, in turn, which act upon the human body dwelling in such spaces.
Sennett employs theory from a number of disciplines, including history, sociology, urban development, psychology, economics and cultural anthropology. 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.
Urban spaces, and how we feel as bodies living in and moving through them, seem strange and manufactured - which they are. We are simply used to cities and how we feel in cities and, so, naturalize them to a certain extent.
Sennett erases this naturalization and we see urban space not as an inert backdrop against which we move or as a mere product of human will or design, but as a dynamic organism that has the capability of acting on our bodies even as we act upon it, and of creating our understanding of ourselves in relation to it. The city makes and is made, just as we make and are made. The generative power at play in the relationship between a city and its residents flows both ways. Sennett examines Athens of the Fifth Century B.
Throughout his exploration, Sennett ties developments in western urban life to then contemporary understandings of the body and its processes. For example, he links William Harvey's seventeenth-century discovery of the circulation of blood through the human body with a new focus in urban planning on motion through the city's veins and arteries and the desire to make human movement easy and unobstructed. For Sennett, this impulse to free the human body relates directly to other modern conveniences, like television and automobiles, that end up instead imprisoning the body in a non-sensing bubble.
In fact, Sennett identifies this trend toward ease, comfort and lack of obstruction as one of the primary ramifications of how western cities have developed. For Sennett, ease and comfort pacify the body and desensitize the individual to their connection with others.
The individual becomes a self-contained, disconnected unit moving through the city, claiming her right not to be interfered with and, thereby, isolating herself from society as a whole. The individual in this scenario loses her sense of sharing a common interest with the individuals around her.
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. These isolated individuals in the modern western city feel, as Alexis de Tocqueville observed, "strangers to the destinies of each other".
Essentially, difference and human social friction constitute, for Sennett, true freedom; the freedom to act, to work out differences, to really experience the Other. In many ways, Sennett's meditation on the city and bodies is really a plea to reconnect, to tolerate and even invite difference. He writes: "Lurking in the civic problems of the multi-cultural city is the moral difficulty of arousing sympathy for those who are Other.
And this can only occur, I believe, by understanding why bodily pain requires a place in which it can be acknowledged, and in which its transcendent origins become visible. Such pain has a trajectory in human experience. 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.
But the body can follow this civic trajectory only if it acknowledges that there is no remedy for its sufferings in the contrivings of society, that its unhappiness has come from elsewhere, that its pain derives from God's command to live together as exiles.
El Dr. Los fines de Guillotin, por lo tanto, eran enteramente humanitarios. Alianza, Started reading Richard Sennett's Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization New York: Norton, last week and realized quickly that the book is one of those monographs that I need to have in my own personal library. I have tried over the past few years to minimize my belongings. To reduce what I have, my material possessions to only those things that I use over and over again. Regarding books I have limited space, which forces me to decide about each monograph, its cont Started reading Richard Sennett's Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization New York: Norton, last week and realized quickly that the book is one of those monographs that I need to have in my own personal library.
Regarding books I have limited space, which forces me to decide about each monograph, its content and its relationship to my own work. I try to weed out books I do not use repeatedly and try instead to hold on to only those books that I intend to use in my own academic work. Every once and awhile this means that while reading a book for pleasure I discover that the content relates to my own research and that I would need to have a copy of this for future reference.
Sennett's book on the body and the city has a great deal of information on the body in western culture and more specifically the body in pain.
I was introduced to Sennett's book by my "mentor", when he would quote this book in lectures on political and moral philosophy. It's so true - consider how structuring the city in the mindset of the contemporary view of the body; think about how living without clothes in public altered not just the political interaction, but urban design. Read this and you will never see big cities the same again.
This book,by a friend of Foucault's is almost a god send. I love the introduction - the temporality of the body and the space of the city is a conversation that we need to understand constantly.
Without doubt Sennett makes you flip pages, even somewhich are tedious. Love it. Sennett makes a good case for seeing architecture as a social medium.
His stories justify his theory. Good read. I found this book a grave disappointment, with little substance, and much theory and self-satisfaction.
One of the books I'll have to reread when I write my magnum opus on the human condition. How do we connect the body and the city? Although not every section is convincingly tied to the thesis, they are all well told and intriguing stories in their own right. Richard Sennett is the best. Verdaderamente hermoso. Adrian Iulita rated it it was amazing Aug 16, Marco rated it it was amazing May 13, Cigdem rated it it was amazing Aug 31, Vagelis rated it really liked it Nov 22, Marcos Dornelles rated it it was amazing Feb 19, Pedro Daher rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Paulo A.
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Carne y piedra: El cuerpo y la ciudad en la civilización occidental
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