Monday, March 28, 2011

Pg. 99: Joel Best's "Everyone's a Winner"

Today's feature at the Page 99 Test: Everyone's a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture by Joel Best.

About the book, from the publisher:
Every kindergarten soccer player gets a trophy. Many high schools name dozens of seniors as valedictorians—of the same class. Cars sport bumper stickers that read “USA—Number 1.” Prizes proliferate in every corner of American society, and excellence is trumpeted with ratings that range from “Academy Award winner!” to “Best Neighborhood Pizza!” In Everyone’s a Winner, Joel Best— acclaimed author of Damned Lies and Statistics and many other books—shines a bright light on the increasing abundance of status in our society and considers what it all means. With humor and insight, Best argues that status affluence fosters social worlds and, in the process, helps give meaning to life in a large society.
Read an excerpt from Everyone's a Winner, and learn more about the book at the University of California Press website.

Joel Best is Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware and the author of Damned Lies and Statistics, More Damned Lies and Statistics, Flavor of the Month, and Stat-Spotting.

The Page 99 Test: Everyone's a Winner.

--Marshal Zeringue