The Fall of Public Man

Richard Sennett (Author, London School of Economics)


A landmark study of urban society, reissued for the 40th anniversary of the original publication with a new epilogue by the author.

A sweeping, farsighted study of the changing nature of public culture and urban society, The Fall of Public Man spans more than two centuries of Western sociopolitical evolution and investigates the causes of our declining involvement in political life. Richard Sennett’s insights into the danger of the cult of individualism remain thoroughly relevant to our world today. In a new epilogue, he extends his analysis to the new “public” realm of social media, questioning how public culture has fared since the digital revolution.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • April 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35374-7
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 512 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Provocative. . . . Sennett brings us to an undeniably recognizable place, the contemporary urban scene.” — Richard Todd, The Atlantic

“A powerful argument for a more formal public culture and a swipe against the rise of a self-indulgent counter-culture.” — Melissa Benn,, Guardian

“Brilliant. . . . One admires the breadth of Professor Sennett’s erudition, the reach of his historical imagination, the doggedness of his analysis.” — Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times

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