2nd Feb 2012; 18:00

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RSA Keynote

Living with people who differ - racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically - is one of the most difficult challenges facing us today. Though our society is becoming ever more complicated materially, we tend to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves. Modern politics emphasizes unity and similarity, encouraging the politics of the tribe rather than of complexity.

At the RSA, distinguished sociologist Richard Sennett explores why this has happened and what might be done about it, arguing that living with people unlike ourselves requires more than goodwill: it requires skill.

Speaker: Richard Sennett, University Professor at New York University, Academic Governor and Professor of Sociology at the LSE and author of Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation (Penguin 2012).

Chair: Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA.

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