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Everyone's a WinnerLife in Our Congratulatory Culture$
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Joel Best

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267169

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267169.001.0001

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Life in an Era of Status Abundance

Life in an Era of Status Abundance

(p.x) (p.1) Chapter One Life in an Era of Status Abundance
Everyone's a Winner

Joel Best

University of California Press

The Great German Sociologist Max Weber contended that societies rank their members along economic, political, and social dimensions. Social scientists act as though class and power are more significant than status for the most part. Political rankings similarly involve differences in power — the degree to which you can compel others to do what you want them to do. Social rankings, the third dimension, concern status — how much prestige, esteem, respect, or honor one receives from others. Social scientists act as though class and power are more important than status. They write far, far more books and articles about class and power — and about race and gender, which also have come to be viewed as key bases for ranking people in society — than about status. Class, power, race, and gender are treated as serious matters, and each receives extensive coverage even in introductory sociology textbooks.

Keywords:   societies, political rankings, sociology, social dimensions, power

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