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Status Anxiety
     

Status Anxiety

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by Alain de Botton
 

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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

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Status Anxiety 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TravelingLiterati More than 1 year ago
I read Status Anxiety at the suggestion of a friend and wish I had read it years ago. So many people are avoiding the "corporate ladder" and swearing by nonconformist lives, yet so much of our "success" is dependent on fitting within the status requirements of our culture. The book easily touches on historical evidence of status anxiety and it economical, psychological and political impacts. Botton presents alternatives--such as meritocracy--to the democratic system that Americans are used to, but fairly points to both their strengths and weaknesses as a new way of living. While this book is a scholarly work, Botton has organized his thoughts into multiple parts, which is also divided into subparts. Multi-page essays are followed by only a paragraph's worth of emphasis on a point, a picture or a collection of relevant quotes. Botton always gets straight to the point instead of wasting characters on ramblings.
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