FACES IN THE CROWD by David Riesman


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A second volume in the author's study of the American man in relation to his society. FACES IN THE CROWD, subtitled Individual Studies in Character and Politics, with its specific interest in individuals contrasts with the more general first volume, The Lonely Crowd, in its orientation. Turning again to his terms, ""inner-directed"" and ""other-directed"", the author explores the relation of character structure and ""political style"", or the place of politics in the total life orientation, by means of a series of interviews which comprise a major portion of the book. Mr. Riesman draws from essentially urban areas, from Harlem, from a Bridgeport, Conn., trade school, from graduate students in Chicago, from a suburb, etc.; from various economic, social, and educational groups. There is a good deal of psychological verbiage which he assumes is known to his audience. While the study is provocative, it is by no means conclusive (the limitations of the sample and the single- interview technique would seem to preclude this). People interested or involved in social and political science and psychology, teachers, and so on may find food for thought and further investigation here.

Pub Date: May 21st, 1952
Publisher: Yale University Press