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?"

"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."

"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."


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."