THE FOREIGNER – Two Essays on Exile by Richard Sennett

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Professor Richard Sennett has spent an intellectual lifetime exploring how humans live in cities. In this pair of essays he explores displacement in the metropolis through two vibrant historical moments: mid-nineteenth-century Paris, with its community of political exiles, a place where ‘you look in the mirror and see someone who is not yourself’; and Renaissance Venice, where state-imposed restrictions on ‘outsider’ groups – including prostitutes as well as Jews – had some surprising cultural consequences. Continua a leggere