The Uses of Disorder Personal Identity City Life

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
Release Date: 1970
Genre: Social Science
Pages: 198 pages
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Sennett's compelling proposal for a city that can incorporate creative anarchy to goose its adults into expressive community was originally published in 1970 by Knopf. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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