Sennett, Richard

Professor Richard Sennett  


Position held



Professor of Sociology


Experience keywords:

culture; sociology; urban sociology; work

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Richard Sennett has explored how individuals and groups make social and cultural sense of material facts - about the cities in which they live and about the labour they do. He focuses on how people can become competent interpreters of their own experience, despite the obstacles society may put in their way. His research entails ethnography, history, and social theory. As a social analyst, Mr Sennett continues the pragmatist tradition begun by William James and John Dewey.


French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points



Sennett, Richard (2016) Concentrating minds: how the Greeks designed spaces for public debate Democratic Audit UK (1 Nov 2016) blog

Sennett, Richard and Bingham-Hall, John and Angelo, Hillary and Dobson, Tom and Bastide, Sarah and Cobo Corey, Adriana and Sopranzetti, Claudio and Arabindoo, Pushpa and Rogers, Ludovica and Sloane, Mona and Firmino, Rodrigo and Greenfield, Adam and Altaber, Cécile and Belfield, Andrew (2016) Designing Politics: the limits of design Kaasa, Adam and Bingham-Hall, John and Pietrostefani, Elisabetta, eds London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 9781909890381


Sennett, Richard (2012) The Occupy movements have dramatised questions about public space: who owns it? And who can use it? British Politics and Policy at LSE (10 Oct 2012) Blog entry

Sennett, Richard and Pissarides, Christopher and Ker-Lindsay, James and Galeotti, Mark and Power, Anne and Ashton, Matthew and Fuller, Steve (2012) Barack Obama is re-elected as US President: our experts react LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (7 Nov 2012) Blog entry

Sennett, Richard and Pissarides, Christopher and Power, Anne and Ker-Lindsay, James and Ashton, Matthew and Fuller, Steve (2012) Top experts offer their reactions to the US election results British Politics and Policy at LSE (7 Nov 2012) Blog entry


Sennett, Richard (2011) A creditable left Nation, 293 (1 Aug 2011) Website

Sennett, Richard (2011) The foreigner Notting Hill Editions, London, UK. ISBN 9781907903083

Sennett, Richard (2011) Together: the rituals, pleasures and politics of cooperation Yale University Press, London, UK. ISBN 9780300116335


Sennett, Richard (2009) Urban disorder today British Journal of Sociology, 60 (1). 57-58. ISSN 0007-1315


Sennett, Richard (2008) The craftsman Penguin Allen Lane, London, UK. ISBN 9780713998733


Krause, Monika (2007) Practicing authorship: the case of Brecht's plays In: Calhoun, Craig and Sennett, Richard, (eds.) Practicing Culture. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 215-230. ISBN 9780415412513

Calhoun, Craig and Sennett, Richard, eds (2007) Practicing culture Taking culture seriously. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415412513


Sennett, Richard (2006) The culture of the new capitalism Castle lecture series in ethics, politics & economics. Yale University Press, USA. ISBN 9780300107821


Sennett, Richard (2005) The culture of work In: Calhoun, Craig and Rojek, Chris and Turner, Bryan S., (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Sociology. SAGE Publications, London, UK, 129-134. ISBN 9780761968214


Sennett, Richard (2003) Respect: the formation of character in a world of inequality Penguin Allen Lane, London, UK. ISBN 9780141007564


Sennett, Richard (1998) The corrosion of character: the personal consequences of work in the new capitalism W. W. Norton, London, UK. ISBN 9780393046786

Sennett, Richard (1998) The spaces of democracy Raoul Wallenberg lectures, 1998. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. ISBN 1891197010


Sennett, Richard (1994) Flesh and stone: the body and the city in western civilization Faber & Faber, London, UK. ISBN 9780393036848


Sennett, Richard (1991) The conscience of the eye: the design and social life of cities Faber & Faber, London, UK.


Sennett, Richard (1980) Authority Knopf, New York, USA. ISBN 039442803X


Sennett, Richard (1977) The fall of public man Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521216425


Sennett, Richard and Cobb, Jonathan (1972) The hidden injuries of class Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 052129214x


Sennett, Richard (1970) The uses of disorder: personal identity and city life Knopf, New York, USA.

Sennett, Richard (1970) Families against the city: middle class homes of industrial Chicago, 1872-1890 Harvard University Press, Cambridge, USA. ISBN 0674292251


Sennett, Richard, ed (1969) Classic essays on the culture of cities Prentice Hall, New York, USA.

Thernstrom, Stephen and Sennett, Richard, eds (1969) Nineteenth-century cities: essays in the new urban history Yale University Press, London, UK. ISBN 0300011504

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