from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Riesman, David, Jr. 1909-2002. American sociologist whose best-known work is The Lonely Crowd (1950).

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  • n. United States sociologist (1909-2002)


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  • [14] In his Dissent review (autumn 1954), Mailer called Riesman's Individualism Reconsidered (1954) "boring."

    Norman Mailer: 'Deer Park' Letters

  • After college my first job was teaching assistant in a course on "American character and social structure" given by the social observer David Riesman, author of The Lonely Crowd.

    Craig K. Comstock: After the American Dream

  • In 1967, two white academics, Christopher Jencks and David Riesman, published a bleak but prescient assessment of black colleges in the Harvard Educational Review.

    Black Colleges Need a New Mission

  • Messrs. Jencks and Riesman were called racists, and honest comprehensive studies of black colleges have since been rare.

    Black Colleges Need a New Mission

  • Glass's long-term collaborator Michael Riesman conducted with formidable precision.

    Philip Glass Ensemble: the Qatsi trilogy; BBCSO/Volkov; Melvyn Tan; T'ang Quartet; Bo Skovhus; Montreal SO/Nagano; Llyr William; Ten Plagues – review

  • Like many an itinerant bluesman, Big Bill Broonzy scattered more than musical notes as he traveled, and at the end of this otherwise meticulously researched and fact-filled biography, Bob Riesman throws up his hands and declares that "a full reckoning of the number and identities of Big Bill Broonzy's children . . . remains, for now, an unfinished task."

    The Ghost in Rock 'n' Roll

  • David Riesman, a professor of medical history, writes, “These practices not only eliminated the plague as a pandemic menace for the first time in history but also led to general laws against infectious diseases, thereby laying the foundations upon which modern hygiene rests.”

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • For Observer film critic Philip French the two screen idols have, on screen, always represented two entirely different kinds of postwar hero: In the 1950 book The Lonely Crowd, the brilliant sociologist David Riesman set out two types of behaviour – the other-directed individual and the inner-directed individual – and for me there is absolutely this distinction between these two actors.

    Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, the screen's leading Englishmen at 50

  • Riesman made the suburbs the prime locale of those who sacrificed their “inner-directed” opportunities in order to be “other-directed” by the prevailing manners and mores of their community.

    Suburbs of Our Discontent

  • The assigned reading included not only Plato and Aristotle, Kierkegaard and Sartre, but also late-1950s critiques of societal conventions like The Organization Man by William H. Whyte, The Lonely Crowd by David Riesman, and The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard, along with the political theories of Hegel, Mill, and Marx.

    Into the Story


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