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Everyone's a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture

Joel Best

Abstract

Every kindergarten soccer player gets a trophy. Many high schools name dozens of seniors as valedictorians — of the same class. Cars sport bumper stickers that read “USA — Number 1.” Prizes proliferate in every corner of American society, and excellence is trumpeted with ratings that range from “Academy Award winner!” to “Best Neighborhood Pizza!” In this book, the author shines a bright light on the increasing abundance of status in our society and considers what it all means. He argues that status affluence fosters social worlds and, in the process, helps give meaning to life in a large soci ... More

Keywords: prizes, kindergarten, valedictorians, Academy Awards, status, status affluence, social worlds, society, American society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267169
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267169.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel Best, author