Faces In The Crowd David Riesman

ISBN: 9780405121142



751 pages


Faces In The Crowd  by  David Riesman

Faces In The Crowd by David Riesman
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David Riesman (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 22, 1909- died in Binghamton, New York, May 10, 2002), was a United States sociologist, attorney, and educator.After graduating from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review, Riesman clerked for Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis from 1935-1936. He also taught at the University of Buffalo Law School.Riesmans 1950 book, The Lonely Crowd, a sociological study of modern conformity, which postulates the existence of the inner-directed and other-directed personalities.

Riesman argues that the character of post WWII American society impels individuals to other-directedness, the preeminent example being modern suburbia, where individuals seek their neighbors approval and fear being outcast from their community. This lifestyle has a coercive effect, which compels people to abandon inner-direction of their lives, and induces them to take on the goals, ideology, likes, and dislikes of their community.

Ironically, this creates a tightly grouped crowd of people that is yet incapable of truly fulfilling each others desire for companionship. The book is considered a landmark study of American character. Riesman was a major public intellectual as well as a sociologist, representing an early example of what sociologists now call public sociology.

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