David Riesman


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Noun1.David Riesman - United States sociologist (1909-2002)
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And the more conventionally historical bulk of her book touches many of the familiar postwar Cultural bases, from Levittowns, to David Riesman's The Lonely Crowd and William H.
But I knew David Riesman was a famous professor of sociology and the author of "The Lonely Crowd." And I think all of us felt we were part of a very privileged small crowd.
Joe Bonanno, leader of a Mafia crime family in New York who had been living in Tucson, Ariz., since 1984, led the page; followed by David Riesman, author of "The Lonely Crowd," a key work of sociology published in 1950 that overturned many societal theories, brought forth phrases like "inner-directed," and predicted the rise of the youth culture and the intersecting of entertainment and politics; and Bernice Brown, widow of Edmund G.
One way to look at the "Party Animals" is as an ironic tribute to David Riesman, who died in May and whose bestseller of the 1950s, The lamely Crowd, did so much to give rise to Americans' (especially young Americans') "whimsical" side a decade later.
His studies are famous for combining a bold range--of time span, region, subject--with an eye for absorbing specifics that zeroes in on the significance of otherwise elusive subject matter, such as the history of anger, jealousy, or American "cool." His books on these matters join those of only a handful of other authors like sociologist David Riesman and Phillip Rieff [1] whose great insight has captured essential shifts in American character.
The corporate conformists of David Riesman's postwar The Lonely Crowd (1961), the vets who helped consigned their wives to kitchens in suburbia, had been indoctrinated to view women (and the enemy) as a different species from themselves, he argues, and carried that habit of mind back into civilian life.
The Citadel's arguments included such anomalies as citations from Carol Gilligan and expert testimony from Harvard sociologist David Riesman, who argued that the absence of women allows the Citadel's students to express their "gentler side," and write "very contemplative poetry of high aesthetic sensibility." (Gilligan herself filed an affidavit on behalf of Shannon Faulkner; Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, usually to be found railing against the supposed separatism of women's studies programs, weighed in on the side of the Citadel.)
Contemporary advocates of censorship can draw on the work of predecessors such as Karl Loewenstein, a political scientist who argued in the late '30s that cutting corners on civil liberties is sometimes necessary to preserve democracy, or David Riesman, the legal scholar and sociologist who developed the idea of "group libel" in the '40s.
[1.] Gerald Grant and David Riesman, The Perpetual Dream (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978), pp.
declared in The Organization Man, a classic study of suburban middle-class attitudes, values, mores, and habits, that "adaptation has become more than a necessity; in a life in which everything changes, it has become almost a constant,"(2) In The Lonely Crowd, sociologists David Riesman, Nathan Glazer, and Reuel Denney explored the nature of the "other-directed" personality, which sought approval, identity, and meaning through constant adjustment to the demands, outlook, and inclinations of the group.
And there were excellent parts of the book that I could not discuss in the review, such as a terrific essay on David Riesman, someone whom both Gitlin and I admire.
Primarily through his analysis of David Riesman (author of The Lonely Crowd), Gilbert describes how fears of a "male crisis" emerged with the postwar consumer boom in mass culture, mass consumption, and domesticity, which seemed to replace the traditional ascetic, "inner-directed," self-made man with an other-directed, purportedly feminized, suburban organization man, his individuality now subject to the whims of bosses and moms.