New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Sennett Wins Zócalo Book Prize for “Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation”

March 19, 2012
287

New York University Professor Richard Sennett has won the 2012 Zócalo Book Prize for his recently published Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation (Yale University Press, 2012). The prize, awarded by Zócalo Public Square, is given to a book “that best deepened our understanding of community.”

The award committee’s judges cited the work for providing “an impressively capacious analysis of the conflict that political philosophers since the Greeks have identified as the central conflict in human history—that between the individual and society.” In Together, Sennett explores how people can cooperate online, on street corners, in schools, at work, and in local politics, tracing the evolution of cooperative rituals from medieval times to today, and in situations ranging from socialist groups in Paris to workers on Wall Street.

Sennett will receive the award, which includes a $5,000 cash prize, at an April 13 ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Zócalo Public Square, a project of the Center for Social Cohesion, aims to connect people to ideas and to each other in an open, accessible, non-partisan, and broad-minded spirit through events and on-line journalism.

Sennett, also a professor at the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge, holds the rank of University Professor at NYU. The title is conferred upon outstanding scholars in recognition of the interdisciplinary dimension of their work. Sennett is the author of: The Craftsman (2008); The Culture of the New Capitalism (2006); Respect in a World of Inequality (2003); The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism (1998); Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization (1994); The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities (1990); Authority (1980); and The Fall of Public Man (1977).

Sennett is the founding director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, which was established in 1976, and is a member of numerous international associations and scientific academies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature, and the Royal Society of the Arts. In 1998, he was awarded the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and Social Sciences, followed by the “Das politische Buch” (The Political Book) prize endowed by the Bonn-based Friedrich Ebert Foundation in 1999. In 2006, he was the winner of the Hegel Prize awarded by the city of Stuttgart. In 2008, Sennett received Germany’s Gerda Henkel Prize, which recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement in the historical humanities. In 2009, he won the Heinrich Tessenow Medal, given by Hamburg’s Alfred Toepfer Foundation, for his work in the areas of urban culture and public space. In 2010, Sennett captured the Spinoza Prize, a biennial award recognizing contributions to public debate on ethics and morality, and, in 2011, the Jeanette Schocken Prize for Literature.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Research, Arts and Science, Sponsored Awards, Awards

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: James Devitt | (212) 998-6808

Sennett Wins Zócalo Book Prize for “Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation”

NYU Sociologist Richard Sennett has won the 2012 Zócalo Book Prize for his recently published "Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation" (Yale University Press, 2012). The prize, awarded by Zócalo Public Square, is given to a book “that best deepened our understanding of community.”


Search News



NYU In the News

Paying It Backward: NYU Alum Funds Scholarships

The Wall Street Journal profiled Trustee Evan Chesler on why he decided to chair the Momentum fund-raising campaign.

A Nobel Prize Party: Cheese, Bubbles, and a Boson

The New Yorker talked to Professor Kyle Cranmer and graduate student Sven Kreiss about NYU’s role in the discovery of the Higgs boson, which resulted in a Nobel prize for the scientists who predicted its existence.

The World as They Knew It

The New York Times reviewed the exhibit at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World on how ancient Greeks and Romans mapped the known and unknown areas of their world.

Elite Institutions: Far More Diverse Than They Were 20 Years Ago

NYU made stronger gains over the last 20 years in increasing diversity than any other major research university, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Program Seeks to Nurture ‘Data Science Culture’
at Universities

The New York Times reported on the multi-million collaboration among NYU and two other universities to harness the potential of Big Data, including an interview with Professor Yann LeCun, director of NYU’s Center for Data Science.

NYU Footer