Quotes by David Riesman

"...isn't it possible that advertising as a whole is a fantastic fraud, presenting an image of America taken seriously by no one, least of all the advertising men who create it?"
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"America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese."
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"Con người sinh ra đã khác nhau; họ đánh mất tự do xã hội và độc lập cá nhân của mình trong khi tìm cách trở thành giống nhau."
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Books by David Riesman

  • Postemotional Society
  • 22 ratings
  • February 18th 1997 by SAGE Publications Ltd

    (first published January 1st 1996)

  • The Academic Revolution
  • 6 ratings
  • December 1st 1977 by University of Chicago Press

    (first published February 1977)

  • Thorstein Veblen
  • 4 ratings
  • January 1st 1995 by Routledge

    (first published 1953)

  • To Be A Politician
  • 2 ratings
  • June 9th 2012 by Literary Licensing, LLC

    (first published January 1st 1977)

  • Abundance for What?
  • 1 ratings
  • January 2nd 1994 by Routledge

    (first published January 1st 1993)

David Riesman
  • David Riesman

  • Date of birth: September 22, 1909
  • Died: May 10, 2002
  • Born: in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The United States.

  • Description: David Riesman (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 22, 1909; died in Binghamton, New York, May 10, 2002), was a United States sociologist, attorney, and educator.

    After graduating from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review, Riesman clerked for Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis from 1935-1936. He also taught at the University of Buffalo Law School.

    Riesman's 1950 book, The Lonely Crowd, a sociological study of modern conformity, which postulates the existence of the "inner-directed" and "other-directed" personalities. Riesman argues that the character of post WWII American society impels individuals to "other-directedness", the preeminent example being modern suburbia, where individuals seek their neighbors approval and fear being outcast from their community. This lifestyle has a coercive effect, which compels people to abandon "inner-direction" of their lives, and induces them to take on the goals, ideology, likes, and dislikes of their community. Ironically, this creates a tightly grouped crowd of people that is yet incapable of truly fulfilling each other's desire for companionship. The book is considered a landmark study of American character. Riesman was a major public intellectual as well as a sociologist, representing an early example of what sociologists now call "public sociology."

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