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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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 beliefs. Get to Know Us. 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.
Essentially, difference and human social friction constitute, for Sennett, true freedom; the freedom to act, to work out differences, to rihcard experience the Other. If only he were more familiar with the theoretical foundation of Chinese medicine! Open Preview See a Problem? Published March 17th by Rihard. The second part of the book examines how Christian beliefs about the body related to the Christian city—the Venetian rochard, cloisters, and markets in Paris.
The really interesting thing here is the physiological model that always looms in the metaphor of city as body.
The real value of the book lies in its introduction of topics that you’d do well to go research on your own elsewhere. Jun 15, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this intrepid, groundbreaking book, Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb uncover and define a new form of class conflict in America—an internal conflict in the heart and mind of the blue-collar Flesh and Stone is a new history of the city in Western civilization, one that tells the story of urban life through bodily experience.
Throughout his exploration, Sennett ties developments in western urban life to then contemporary understandings of the body and its processes. How do we connect the body and the city?
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In many ways, Sennett’s meditation on the city and bodies is really a plea to reconnect, to tolerate and even invite difference. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.
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Don’t have a Kindle? Pedro Daher rated it it was amazing Jan 04, 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. It is a 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 their noses, where 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: The story then moves to Rome in the time of the Emperor Hadrian, exploring the Roman beliefs in the geometrical perfection of the body.
Jan 27, Rj rated it it was amazing. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Also his suggestive notes are helpful for my study.
We use technologies, such as cookies, to customise content and advertising, to provide social media features and to analyse traffic to the site. Share your thoughts with other customers. This resulted in more frequent bathing to open pores clotted with dirt, the loosening of clothing, and in terms of cities, the introduction of “lungs” in the form of parks and the paving and cleaning of city streets. I was introduced to Sennett’s book by my “mentor”, when he would quote this book in lectures on political and moral philosophy.
Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization
In the mid s, as the work-world of modern capitalism began to alter quickly and radically, Mr. 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 beliefs.
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