Consequential Strangers: Turning Everyday Encounters Into Life-Changing Moments

Consequential Strangers: Turning Everyday Encounters Into Life-Changing Moments

by Melinda Blau, Karen L. Fingerman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393338452

ISBN-13: 9780393338454

Pub. Date: 07/26/2010

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

In an unprecedented examination of people on the periphery of our lives-our barista, mechanic, coworker-journalist Melinda Blau collaborates with psychologist Karen L. Fingerman, who coined the term "consequential strangers," to make Fingerman's and other groundbreaking social science research come alive. Drawing as well on Blau's more than two hundred interviews

Overview

In an unprecedented examination of people on the periphery of our lives-our barista, mechanic, coworker-journalist Melinda Blau collaborates with psychologist Karen L. Fingerman, who coined the term "consequential strangers," to make Fingerman's and other groundbreaking social science research come alive. Drawing as well on Blau's more than two hundred interviews with specialists in psychology, sociology, marketing, and communication, this book chronicles the surprising impact that consequential strangers have on our creativity, work environment, physical and mental health, and the strength of our businesses and communities. The result is both an eye-opening account of the science of casual connections and a rich portrait of our social landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393338454
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/26/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,195,474
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction The Birth of a Notion xv

1 The Ascendance of Consequential Strangers 1

2 The View from Above 29

3 Beyond the Confines of the Familiar 61

4 Good for What Ails Us 95

5 Being Spaces 129

6 The Downside 165

7 The Future of Consequential Strangers 197

Epilogue The Postscript Is Personal 215

Appendix I Twenty Questions 221

Appendix II The Occupation Test 223

Notes 225

Index 263

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