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9780300088656

The Lonely Crowd; A Study of the Changing American Character, Abridged and revised edition

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    9780300088656

  • ISBN10:

    0300088655

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2001-02-08
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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Summary

Abridged and revised with a Forward by professor Todd Gitlin, "The Lonely Crowd" is indispensable reading for anyone who wishes to understand the social character of the United States. Its now-classic analysis of the "new middle class" opens exciting new dimensions in our understanding of the psychological, political, and economic problems that confront the individual in contemporary American society.

Author Biography

David Reisman is Henry Ford II Professor of Social Science Emeritus at Harward University.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Todd Gitlin
Twenty Years After---A Second Preface xxi
Preface to the 1961 Edition xxxiii
PART I: CHARACTER
Some Types of Character and Society
3(34)
Character and Society
5(26)
High Growth Potential: Tradition-directed Types
9(2)
A Definition of Tradition-direction
11(2)
Transitional Growth: Inner-directed Types
13(1)
A Definition of Inner-direction
14(3)
Incipient Decline of Population: Other-directed Types
17(2)
A Definition of Other-direction
19(5)
The Three Types Compared
24(1)
The Case of Athens
25(3)
Some Necessary Qualifications
28(3)
The Characterological Struggle
31(6)
From Morality to Morale: Changes in the Agents of Character Formation
37(29)
Changes in the Role of the Parents
38(17)
Parental Role in the Stage of Tradition-direction
38(2)
Parental Role in the Stage of Inner-direction
40(1)
Character and Social Mobility
40(2)
Character Training as a Conscious Parental Task
42(2)
Passage from Home
44(1)
Parental Role in the Stage of Other-direction
45(1)
Character and Social Mobility
45(3)
From Bringing up Children to ``Bringing up Father''
48(3)
The Rule of ``Reason''
51(4)
Changes in the Role of the Teacher
55(11)
The Teacher's Role in the Stage of Inner-direction
57(3)
The Teacher's Role in the Stage of Other-direction
60(6)
A Jury of Their Peers: Changes in the Agents of Character Formation (Continued)
66(17)
The Peer-group in the Stage of Inner-direction
66(4)
The Peer-group in the Stage of Other-direction
70(13)
The Trial
71(2)
``The Talk of the Town'': the Socialization of Preferences
73(8)
The Antagonistic Cooperators of the Peer-group
81(2)
Storytellers as Tutors in Technique: Changes in the Agents of Character Formation (Continued)
83(26)
Song and Story in the Stage of Tradition-direction
85(2)
Chimney-corner Media
85(1)
Tales of Norm and ``Abnorm''
86(1)
The Socializing Functions of Print in the Stage of Inner-direction
87(9)
The Whip of the Word
89(2)
Models in Print
91(4)
The Oversteered Child
95(1)
The Mass Media in the Stage of Other-direction
96(13)
The Child Market
96(3)
Winner Take All?
99(5)
Tootle: a Modern Cautionary Tale
104(3)
Areas of Freedom
107(2)
The Inner-directed Round of Life
109(17)
Men at Work
111(5)
The Economic Problem: the Hardness of the Material
111(4)
Ad Astra per Aspera
115(1)
The Side Show of Pleasure
116(7)
The Acquisitive Consumer
117(2)
Away from It All
119(1)
Onward and Upward with the Arts
120(1)
Feet on the Rail
121(2)
The Struggle for Self-approval
123(3)
The Other-directed Round of Life: from Invisible Hand to Glad Hand
126(15)
The Economic Problem: the Human Element
127(10)
From Craft Skill to Manipulative Skill
129(2)
From Free Trade to Fair Trade
131(4)
From the Bank Account to the Expense Account
135(2)
The Milky Way
137(4)
The Other-directed Round of Life (Continued): The Night Shift
141(22)
Changes in the Symbolic Meaning of Food and Sex
142(7)
From the Wheat Bowl to the Salad Bowl
142(3)
Sex: the Last Frontier
145(4)
Changes in the Mode of Consumption of Popular Culture
149(10)
Entertainment as Adjustment to the Group
149(2)
Handling the Office
151(1)
Handling the Home
152(1)
Heavy Harmony
153(2)
Lonely Successes
155(1)
Good-bye to Escape?
156(3)
The Two Types Compared
159(4)
PART II. POLITICS
Tradition-directed, Inner-directed, and Other-directed Political Styles; Indifferents, Moralizers, Inside-dopesters
163(25)
The Indifferents
165(7)
Old Style
165(2)
New Style
167(5)
The Moralizers
172(8)
The Style of the Moralizer-in-power
173(4)
The Style of the Moralizer-in-retreat
177(3)
The Inside-dopesters
180(8)
The Balance Sheet of Inside Dope
182(6)
Political Persuasions: Indignation and Tolerance
188(18)
Politics as an Object of Consumption
190(2)
The Media as Tutors in Tolerance
192(5)
Tolerance and the Cult of Sincerity
193(2)
Sincerity and Cynicism
195(2)
Do the Media Escape From Politics?
197(3)
The Reservoir of Indignation
200(4)
``In Dreams Begin Responsibilities''
204(2)
Images of Power
206(19)
The Leaders and the Led
206(7)
Captains of Industry and Captains of Consumption
207(6)
Who Has the Power?
213(12)
The Veto Groups
213(4)
Is There a Ruling Class Left?
217(8)
Americans and Kwakiutls
225(14)
PART III: AUTONOMY
Adjustment or Autonomy?
239(22)
The Adjusted, the Anomic, the Autonomous
240(9)
The Autonomous Among the Inner-directed
249(6)
The Autonomous Among the Other-directed
255(6)
Bohemia
258(1)
Sex
258(1)
Tolerance
259(2)
False Personalization: Obstacles to Autonomy in Work
261(15)
Cultural Definitions of Work
261(3)
Glamorizers, Featherbedders, Indispensables
264(5)
White-collar Personalization: toward Glamor
264(3)
The Conversation of the Classes: Factory Model
267(2)
The Club of Indispensables
269(1)
The Overpersonalized Society
269(7)
The Automat versus the Glad Hand
271(5)
Enforced Privatization: Obstacles to Autonomy in Play
276(10)
The Denial of Sociability
277(3)
Sociability and the Privatization of Women
280(3)
Packaged Sociabilities
283(3)
The Problem of Competence: Obstacles to Autonomy in Play (Continued)
286(18)
The Play's the Thing
286(4)
The Forms of Competence
290(9)
Consumership: Postgraduate Course
290(2)
The Possibilities of Craftmanship
292(5)
The Newer Criticism in the Realm of Taste
297(2)
The Avocational Counselors
299(2)
Freeing the Child Market
301(3)
Autonomy and Utopia
304(5)
Index 309

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