Status Anxiety

Author: Alain De Botton

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307491331

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

View: 9988

Anyone who’s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor’s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton’s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love. To demonstrate his thesis, de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St. Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins. Whether it’s assessing the class-consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism, dueling or home-furnishing, Status Anxiety is infallibly entertaining. And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy, art appreciation, or walking a lobster on a leash, it is not only wise but helpful. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Author: Alain De Botton

Publisher: Fischer

ISBN: 9781541140219


Page: 332

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Status Anxiety

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Publisher: Des Dillon



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Black Anxiety, White Guilt, and the Politics of Status Frustration

Author: T. Alexander Smith,Lenahan O'Connell

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275960544

Category: Political Science

Page: 204

View: 2874

Smith (political science, U. of Tennessee) and O'Connell (rural economic development, U. of Kentucky) are convinced that ongoing racial conflict is caused less by overt discrimination than by frustrations arising from growing African-American material and social progress. Topics include a definition

Why War?

Ideology, Theory and History

Author: Keith L. Nelson,Spencer C. Olin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520036727

Category: War

Page: 201

View: 7946


Sustaining APEX: Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Mission to Transform Higher Education (Penerbit USM)

Author: James Campbell

Publisher: Penerbit USM

ISBN: 9838617741


Page: N.A

View: 4756

The monograph ‘Sustaining APEX: Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Mission to Transform Higher Education’ seeks to expand on and elaborate themes found in the previous two monographs in our Intellectual Discourse Series. In this monograph, we also take a deeper look at the problems of values and national development as well as issues of legitimacy and the efficacy of change and transformation in conditions of complex globalization. This monograph seeks to engage the difficult issues around science and technology and values, the social legitimacy of reform, and addresses the issues of newness, reputation, ranking and the problems of leadership. In doing this, we hope to tease out more of the implications of USM’s reform agenda and locate discussions of it within a broader discourse of globalization and its vicissitudes. The essential argument made in this monograph is that USM’s transformation agenda is a direct challenge to contemporary neo-liberal project for higher education. USM’s agenda entails a fuller idea and engagement with the educational and ethical mission of the university. Ecological sustainability, scientific and technological advancement as well as the sustainability of Malaysian culture, values, and sense of social justice is central to the mission of USM. Seeking to advance these in the current conditions of globalization and ensuring continued legitimacy for this project within such an environment is the challenge ahead. Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia

Amarna Diplomacy

The Beginnings of International Relations

Author: Raymond Cohen,Raymond Westbrook

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801871030

Category: History

Page: 328

View: 2335

"This is an important volume for any scholar of the ancient Near East." -- Religious Studies Review

Space, Place and Mental Health

Author: Professor Sarah Curtis

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409488640

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

View: 9114

There is a strong case today for a specific focus on mental public health and its relation to social and physical environments. From a public health perspective, we now appreciate the enormous significance of mental distress and illness as causes of disability and impairment. Stress and anxiety, and other mental illnesses are linked to risks in the environment. This book questions how and why the social and physical environment matters for mental health and psychological wellbeing in human populations. While putting forward a number of different points of view, there is a particular emphasis on ideas and research from health geography, which conceptualises space and place in ways that provide a distinctive focus on the interactions between people and their social and physical environment. The book begins with an overview of a rich body of theory and research from sociology, psychology, social epidemiology, social psychiatry and neuroscience, considering arguments concerning 'mind-body dualism', and presenting a conceptual framework for studying how attributes of 'space' and 'place' are associated with human mental wellbeing. It goes on to look in detail at how our mental health is associated with material, or physical, aspects of our environment (such as 'natural' and built landscapes), with social environments (involving social relationships in communities), and with symbolic and imagined spaces (representing the personal, cultural and spiritual meanings of places). These relationships are shown to be complex, with potential to be beneficial or hazardous for mental health. The final chapters of the book consider spaces of care and the implications of space and place for public mental health policy, offering a broader view of how mental health might be improved at the population level. With boxed case studies of specific research ideas and methods, chapter summaries and suggestions for introductory reading, this book offers a comprehensive introduction which will be valuable for students of health geography, public health, sociology and anthropology of health and illness. It also provides an interdisciplinary review of the literature, by the author and by other writers, to frame a discussion of issues that challenge more advanced researchers in these fields.

Weisheit des ungesicherten Lebens

Author: Alan Watts

Publisher: Knaur MensSana eBook

ISBN: 3426421402

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 2262

Der moderne Mensch will das Leben immer stärker planen und kontrollierbar machen. Er treibt einen unglaublichen technischen Aufwand, nur um sich sicherer zu fühlen. Dahinter steckt ein ängstliches Ich, das sich von der Welt bedroht fühlt. Alan Watts zeigt den Weg in eine tiefere Dimension des Bewusstseins, in der man dem Leben vollkommen offen und furchtlos zu begegnen lernt.

Reasons for Living

Education and Young People's Search for Meaning, Identity and Spirituality : a Handbook

Author: Marisa Crawford,Graham Rossiter

Publisher: Aust Council for Ed Research

ISBN: 0864316135

Category: Education

Page: 518

View: 4896

Explores the development and psychological function of meaning, identity and spirituality in the lives of young people. This can contribute significantly to the professional background of those engaged in the education and care of youth in various contexts.

Envy Up, Scorn Down

How Status Divides Us

Author: Susan T. Fiske

Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

ISBN: 1610447093

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 5763

An insightful examination of why we compare ourselves to those above and below us. The United States was founded on the principle of equal opportunity for all, and this ethos continues to inform the nation’s collective identity. In reality, however, absolute equality is elusive. The gap between rich and poor has widened in recent decades, and the United States has the highest level of economic inequality of any developed country. Social class and other differences in status reverberate throughout American life, and prejudice based on another’s perceived status persists among individuals and groups. In Envy Up, Scorn Down, noted social psychologist Susan Fiske examines the psychological underpinnings of interpersonal and intergroup comparisons, exploring why we compare ourselves to those both above and below us and analyzing the social consequences of such comparisons in day-to-day life. What motivates individuals, groups, and cultures to envy the status of some and scorn the status of others? Who experiences envy and scorn most? Envy Up, Scorn Down marshals a wealth of recent psychological studies as well as findings based on years of Fiske’s own research to address such questions. She shows that both envy and scorn have distinctive biological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral characteristics. And though we are all “wired” for comparison, some individuals are more vulnerable to these motives than others. Dominant personalities, for example, express envy toward high-status groups such as the wealthy and well-educated, and insecurity can lead others to scorn those perceived to have lower status, such as women, minorities, or the disabled. Fiske shows that one’s race or ethnicity, gender, and education all correlate with perceived status. Regardless of whether one is accorded higher or lower status, however, all groups rank their members, and all societies rank the various groups within them. We rate each group as either friend or foe, able or unable, and accordingly assign them the traits of warmth or competence. The majority of groups in the United States are ranked either warm or competent but not both, with extreme exceptions: the homeless or the very poor are considered neither warm nor competent. Societies across the globe view older people as warm but incompetent. Conversely, the very rich are generally considered cold but highly competent. Envy Up, Scorn Down explores the nuances of status hierarchies and their consequences and shows that such prejudice in its most virulent form dehumanizes and can lead to devastating outcomes—from the scornful neglect of the homeless to the envious anger historically directed at Tutsis in Rwanda or Jews in Europe. Individuals, groups, and even cultures will always make comparisons between and among themselves. Envy Up, Scorn Down is an accessible and insightful examination of drives we all share and the prejudice that can accompany comparison. The book deftly shows that understanding envy and scorn—and seeking to mitigate their effects—can prove invaluable to our lives, our relationships, and our society.

Die Freuden der Langeweile


Author: Alain de Botton

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104901465

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 60

View: 6700

Alain de Botton lesen heißt GLÜCK TANKEN. Alain de Botton ist dafür berühmt, unseren Blick für die vermeintlich belanglosen Dinge des Lebens neu und unerwartet zu öffnen, mit seinen Augen sehen wir, was uns zuvor nie aufgefallen ist. So begeistert er uns in seinen Essays für den Charme der Langeweile, führt uns auf überraschenden Wegen durch den Zoo, erzählt, was auf einer Fahrt zum Flughafen so alles passiert: Alain de Bottons große Kunst ist es, allem Unbedeutenden eine verzaubernde Bedeutung abzugewinnen. Und so gehen wir nach der Lektüre seiner Texte um eine Erfahrung reicher zurück in unseren Alltag.

Rethinking School Violence

Theory, Gender, Context

Author: Kerry Robinson,Cristyn Davies

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137015217

Category: Social Science

Page: 229

View: 5432

Taking a sociocultural approach to understanding violence, the authors in this collection examine how norms of gender, culture and educational practice contribute to school violence, providing strategies to intervene in and address violence in educational contexts.