Melding the public and private spheres: Taking commmensality seriously.

  title={Melding the public and private spheres: Taking commmensality seriously.},
  author={A. Hirschman},
  journal={Critical Review},
Abstract Tibor Scitovsky's The Joyless Economy distinguished the pleasure of moving from discomfort to comfort and the pleasure of replacing boredom with stimulation. I have argued that there are also pleasures distinctive to participating in public life. A third form of pleasure berlongs to both the private and the public domain: the common meal leads to individual satiation and, as a result of commensality, has important social and public effects. A good example is the banquet in ancient… Expand
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