Lerner, Max
June 1952
New Republic;6/30/52, Vol. 126 Issue 26, p18
This article analyzes the book "Faces in the Crowd," by David Riesman. Neither to class-analysis nor to Freudianism, unbemused by attitude measurement, able to make his way among the social sciences without worrying over- much about the spike-fences marking them off, Riesman has, a spaciousness of outlook which brings great promise to American social theory. Like every such classification, it is a good mnemonic device and a good set of tags, but the real interest of the books lies less in how valid the types are than in how he maps out all kinds of inter-relations between personality development in America and the American cultural patterns.


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