Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

A thought-provoking late-summer read: ‘Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation’ written by sociologist and philosopher Richard Sennett. In three parts, the book explores the nature of cooperation, why it has become weak and proposes ways to strengthen it. Sennett analyzes how human cooperation naturally comes into being in our early childhood years and turns into something different through Western society’s competetiveness. According to Sennett, cooperation always depends on the cultural context, to which the density of the social tissue responds accordingly. The book ends with a positive statement: the capacity for cooperation is embedded in human nature – we only need to relearn the “craft” of cooperation in order to make our society a better one. Open dialogue is a first step towards a new understanding of people we refuse to cooperate with.

window 874 recommends:
Sennett, R.: ‘Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation’, Yale University Press, 2011.

KM, 7.8.2012

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