Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western by Richard Sennett

By Richard Sennett

Flesh and Stone is the tale of the private components of life—how men and women moved in private and non-private areas, what they observed and heard, the smells that assailed them, the place they ate, how they dressed, the mores of bathing and of constructing love—all within the structure of stone and house from historic Athens to trendy New York.

Early in Flesh and Stone, Richard Sennett probes the ways that the traditional Athenians skilled nakedness, and the relation of nakedness to the form of the traditional urban, its politics, and the inequalities among women and men. the tale then strikes to Rome during the Emperor Hadrian, exploring Roman ideals within the geometrical perfection of the body.

The moment a part of the booklet examines how Christian ideals in regards to the physique on the topic of the Christian city—the Venetian ghetto, cloisters, and markets in Paris. the ultimate a part of Flesh and Stone bargains with what occurred to city area as smooth clinical figuring out of the physique lower loose from pagan and Christian ideals. Flesh and Stone is smart of our always evolving city dwelling areas, assisting us to construct a typical domestic for the elevated variety of our bodies that make up the fashionable urban.

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For some reason energy is not subjected to the normal rules of financial risk assessment in determining the market value of the commodity. Never has it been more apparent that oil and gas are high risk commodities that can have a powerful negative impact on the Stock Index due to price volatility. In contrast, renewables, being relatively high capital cost but low running cost technologies, are not nearly so affected by macroeconomic shifts such as the international price of oil or the Stock Index.

Government claims that energy suppliers operate within the framework of a free market and on a level playing field is based on flawed economics. The anomaly is that the cost–benefit system employed here ignores the element of risk. For some reason energy is not subjected to the normal rules of financial risk assessment in determining the market value of the commodity. Never has it been more apparent that oil and gas are high risk commodities that can have a powerful negative impact on the Stock Index due to price volatility.

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