Negation. The fear of authority -- Paternalism, an authority of false love -- Autonomy, an authority without love -- Recognition. The unhappy consciousness -- Visible, legible authority -- Authority and illusion.
"This book is a study of both how we experience authority and how we might experience it differently. Sennett explores the bonds that rebellion against authority paradoxically establishes, showing how this paradox has been in the making since the French Revolution and how today it expresses itself in offices, in factories, and in government as well as in the family. Drawing on examples from psychology, sociology, and literature, he eloquently projects how we might reinvigorate the role of authority according to good and rational ideals."--Page 4 of cover.