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by Paul Goodman

  • ISBN: 0394702476
  • Category: Politics
  • Author: Paul Goodman
  • Subcategory: Social Sciences
  • Other formats: mbr lrf lrf lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (1964)
  • Pages: 289 pages
  • FB2 size: 1167 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
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Goodman, Paul, 1911-1972.

Goodman, Paul, 1911-1972. New York, Vintage House. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by LineK on March 2, 2010. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

Book is 50 years old, but problems then are the same problems now. Author Paul Goodman was a famous lecturer and, for lack of a better term, "efficiency expert" when it came to socio/psychological understanding. The book is basically a collection of the articles he wrote at that time. A good read for those who find this type of thing interesting. A lot of good philosophical and practical points dealing with the human animal. Jan 08, 2010 Corinne Blackmer rated it it was amazing.

Paul Goodman died of a heart attack on 2 August 1972, a month short of his 61st birthday. Consider the mere titles of some of his later essays: Utopian essays and practical proposals (1962a); The society I live in is mine (1963); People or personnel (1965). This was not wholly unwise. He would have loathed what his country made of the 1970s and 1980s, even more than he would have enjoyed denouncing its crassness and hypocrisy. Perhaps, paradoxically, it both dated him and made him prophetic. It dated him because American interest in community tends to be superficial and nostalgic.

Goodman has recently said some interesting and kind things about Christians (. "Student Chaplains," New Republic, Jan. 7, 1967; "Post-Christian Man" in Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals, Vintage Books, 1964) and it is proper that a response be attempte. .I do not come to bury Goodman-that is, to Christianize him, though his devotion to what he often calls the Creator Spirit tempts one to call him a kind of secular theologian-but to praise, thank, and try to understand him. (p. 1046).

He wrote a number of books such as Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized System,New Reformation: Notes of a Neolithic Conservative,Compulsory Mis-Education, and the Community of Scholars. etc. This book was published posthumously in 1977. He describes the libertarian as "rather a millenarian than an utopian.

The Community of Scholars is a 1962 book about higher education by Paul Goodman with his observations on its function and proposals for its future.

Though often thought of as a sociologist, he vehemently denied being one in a presentation in the Experimental College at San Francisco State in 1964, and in fact said he could not read sociology because it was too often lifeless. The Community of Scholars is a 1962 book about higher education by Paul Goodman with his observations on its function and proposals for its future.

The Show of Violence. New York: Paperback Library, 1966. A Sign for Cain: An Exploration of Human Violence. New York: Macmillan, 1966. New York: Wiley, 1948. The Human Use of Human. The Human Use of Human Beings. London: Sphere, 1969. Массовая культура, социальные факторы и дизайн Adams, Brooks. The Law of Civilization and Decay. New York: Vintage, .

Goodman became famous with his 1960 social criticism book Growing Up Absurd, which in turn brought him wealth and academic opportunities. Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals. He purchased a farm outside of North Stratford, New Hampshire, which he used as an occasional home. In the next decade, he published multiple books of social criticism and literature while teaching in a variety of academic institutions. He first taught at Sarah Lawrence College and published Our Visit to Niagara, a collection of sketch stories. New York: Random House, 1962). The Community of Scholars.

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In this very insightful, very human and important book from the early 60's Paul Goodman gives his unique take on such issues as utopian thought and why we need it, problems with the scientific viewpoint, the sexual revolution, intellectuals, city planning and just about everything else. I especially liked his critique of jack Kerouac. Worth reading again.
... to borrow the title from Edward Bellamy's utopian novel. One doesn't have to look as far back as Bellamy, who went from 2000 back to 1887. In the case of these essays by Paul Goodman, whose most famous book is Growing Up Absurd; it is back to the `50's and early `60's. Goodman was a polymath: mainly a teacher, but also a novelist, a social critic, a dreamer and a gadfly. The title to this work captures his outlook; he longed to improve our lives and our society, hence "the utopian," and the dreamer part, but he invariably also produced some solid proposals, that mainly our inertia, coupled with dollops of venality, failed to develop.

Do the following observations have a painfully contemporary ring? "When economic expansion begins to produce a glut of goods more and more dubious in value and threatening unemployment, our recourse is to increase the rate of expansion and to step up the advertising, though the goods become even more useless and the jobs that provide these goods even more meaningless." The one main thing that Goodman did not anticipate was the "China card," that is, the outsourcing of the manufacturing process, which "double down" on the lack of meaningful work. Or: "If possible, the operation of a machine should be Transparent and Comprehensible to its users...An important corollary is that a machine ought to be repairable by its user. Our present plight is that, in the use of cars, telephones, electricity and gas systems, radio equipment, refrigeration, etc., etc, the mass of people are in bondage to a system of service men for even trivial repairs. The service men notoriously take advantage, but much worse is the tendency of the manufacturers to build obsolescence and non-repairability into the machinery." And again, this was written in the `50's, when some folks COULD repair their own cars. Now, of course, so many of the repairmen themselves are obsolete... it is so much easier to simply throw it away, whatever it is, and buy a new one.

The essays cover a broad spectrum of issues. One was a serious proposal to ban cars from Manhattan, with thoughtful consideration for all the details (Didn't get very far on that one either.) Another was on seating arrangements for different functions, ranging from a therapist and his patient, to church functions, and on to legislatures. There are essays on designing pacifist films (!), long before the bane of violent video games. And a thoughtful one on the sexual revolution... it is still amazing to recall that books like Ulysses and Lady Chatterley's Lover were once banned in the United States. Goodman anticipates our much more secular era in an essay, "Post-Christian Man." There are several essays on writing, and the arts.

Goodman seems to reserve his most critical animus for the educational establishment. In the final essay, entitled "Crisis and new spirit" he says: "It is this University that...allows itself to become a mere granter of degrees and union cards, the step on the ladder after high school and before junior executive or well-paid technician. Many of its courses teach nothing but skills for the smooth functioning of a foolish economy and a monstrous war machine." Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. There is absolutely nothing "obsolete" about these essays. 5-stars.

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