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David Riesman's The Lonely Crowd

David Riesman

David Riesman’s The Lonely Crowd explores the links between social character—the ways in which members of a society are similar to one another—and social structures. He argues that as the United States became predominantly consumer-driven, rather than production-driven—particularly after World War II—American social character changed. While pre-war Americans had based their behavior on their own internal values and beliefs, post-war Americans were becoming other-directed, with external groups including peers and the media now a key influence on the way they behaved. Riesman’s work popularized sociology, helping to establish it as an academic discipline, and today it provides a fascinating window into the 1950s American psyche.

David Riesman’s The Lonely Crowd explores the links between social character—the ways in which members of a society are similar to one another—and social structures. He argues that as the United States became predominantly consumer-driven, rather than production-driven—particularly after World War II—American social character changed. While pre-war Americans had based their behavior on their own internal values and beliefs, post-war Americans were becoming other-directed, with external groups including peers and the media now a key influence on the way they behaved. Riesman’s work popularized sociology, helping to establish it as an academic discipline, and today it provides a fascinating window into the 1950s American psyche.
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David Riesman’s The Lonely Crowd explores the links between social character—the ways in which members of a society are similar to one another—and social structures. He argues that as the United States became predominantly consumer-driven, rather than production-driven—particularly after World War II—American social character changed. While pre-war Americans had based their behavior on their own internal values and beliefs, post-war Americans were becoming other-directed, with external groups including peers and the media now a key influence on the way they behaved. Riesman’s work popularized sociology, helping to establish it as an academic discipline, and today it provides a fascinating window into the 1950s American psyche.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jarrod Homer, Macat.com

Length:

1h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:25