By Richard Sennett
This bright historical past of town in Western civilization tells the tale of city lifestyles via physically experience.
Flesh and Stone is the tale of the inner most components of life―how men and women moved in private and non-private areas, what they observed and heard, the smells that assailed them, the place they ate, how they dressed, the mores of bathing and of constructing love―all within the structure of stone and area from historic Athens to trendy New York.
Early in Flesh and Stone, Richard Sennett probes the ways that the traditional Athenians skilled nakedness, and the relation of nakedness to the form of the traditional urban, its politics, and the inequalities among women and men. the tale then strikes to Rome for the duration of the Emperor Hadrian, exploring Roman ideals within the geometrical perfection of the body.
the second one a part of the ebook examines how Christian ideals in regards to the physique with regards to the Christian city―the Venetian ghetto, cloisters, and markets in Paris. the ultimate a part of Flesh and Stone bargains with what occurred to city area as glossy clinical knowing of the physique reduce unfastened from pagan and Christian ideals. Flesh and Stone is sensible of our regularly evolving city dwelling areas, aiding us to construct a standard domestic for the elevated variety of our bodies that make up the fashionable urban.
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