This classic collection of essays by Riesman discusses the implications of affluence in America. Riesman maintains that the question that should be raised by wealth has shifted over time from how to obtain wealth to how to make use of it. Another key theme concerns issues relevant to higher education, such as academic freedom. This book examines the notion that America is not as open a society as it may appear to be; it shows how social science may be used to explain why this is so. In a brilliant, lengthy reevaluation Riesman both clarifies and revises that earlier assessment with unusual luster and candor.
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David Riesman (1909-2002) was Henry Ford II Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Harvard University. Before teaching at Harvard he taught at the University of Chicago and University of Buffalo Law School. He is the author of numerous books, including Thorstein Veblen, The Lonely Crowd, and Variety in American Education.
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