Together, By Richard Sennett
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 22 February 2013
Sennett – both a profound social thinker and a graceful, humane stylist – is a true artisan of ideas. And the value of craft is always central to his vision.
This book about co-operation shows via a rich array of studies – from instrument repair to community activism – how we have to work with skill at making, and re-making, social bonds. He argues that a "winner takes all" society of loose or frayed connections has eroded our co-operative capacity.
So he offers a whole workshop of methods and proposals to re-knot the ties that bind.
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