Consequential Strangers: Turning Everyday Encounters Into Life-Changing Moments available in Paperback
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- 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 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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.65(d)|
About the Author
Melinda Blau, co-author of the best-selling Baby Whisperer series, writes extensively about relationships and trends. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Karen L. Fingerman, PhD, the Berner Hanley Professor at Purdue University, lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Table of Contents
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