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Respect: the formation of character in a world of inequality

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Richard Sennett|
The Penguin Press (29 January 2004)
304 pp £20 h/b

In this provocative and timely book, Richard Sennett examines the forces that erode respect in modern society. Respect can be gained by attaining success, by developing talents, through financial independence and by helping others. But, Sennett argues, many who are not able to achieve the demands of today's meritocracy lose the esteem that should be given to them.

From his childhood in a poor Chicago housing project to the contrasting methods of care practised by a nun and a social worker, from the harmonious interaction of musicians to the welfare system, Sennett explores the way sin which mutual respect can forge bonds across the divide of inequality. 

Press cuttings

Weekend Australia
Show a little mutual respect (29 Mar 06)
An appreciation of differences and an open mind can break the cycle of welfare and shame. Reference to Richard Sennett's 2004 book, Respect: the formation of character in an age of inequality.