Measuring Up / Edition 1

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Overview


Measuring Up explores the relentless pressure many Americans feel to measure up successfully with respect to grades, beauty, economic achievement, and various quantified “aptitudes.” This unique text focuses both on the macro and micro aspects of social and cultural life, discussing such topics as culture, socialization, peer groups, reference groups, presentations of self, gender roles, class inequality, deindustrialization, corporate downsizing, status systems, and human agency. The author takes a critical look at modern cultural values that support the performance ethic and concludes with hope for a reorientation of cultural values that could promote a more productive, authentic selfhood in America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813332970
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


James M. Mannon is professor of sociology at DePauw University and the author of American Gridmark.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Performance Ethic in American Society 1
2 Measuring Up in the Early Years 13
3 Why Teens Try Harder: Adolescent Life in the United States 42
4 The Measured Self in the Middle Years 75
5 Losers, Weepers: Dilemmas of the Underclass 102
6 Constructing a New Vision: The Emergence of the Productive Self 125
Notes 147
About the Book and Author 153
Index 155
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