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Currid-Halkett, E.: The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class. (eBook and Hardcover)
"How the leisure class has been replaced by a new elite, and how their consumer habits affect us all In today’s world, the leisure class has been replaced by a new elite. Highly educated and defined by cultural capital rather than income bracket, these individuals earnestly buy organic, carry NPR tote bags, and breast-feed their babies. They care about discreet, inconspicuous consumption—like eating free-range chicken and heirloom tomatoes, wearing organic cotton shirts and TOMS shoes, and listening to the Serial podcast. They use their purchasing power to hire nannies and housekeepers, to cultivate their children’s growth, and to practice yoga and Pilates. In The Sum of Small Things, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett dubs this segment of society “the aspirational class” and discusses how, through deft decisions about education, health, parenting, and retirement, the aspirational class reproduces wealth and upward mobility, deepening the ever-wider class divide. Exploring the rise of the aspirational class, Currid-Halkett considers how much has changed since the 1899 publication of Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class. In that inflammatory classic, which coined the phrase “conspicuous consumption,” Veblen described upper-class frivolities: men who used walking sticks for show, and women who bought silver flatware despite the effectiveness of cheaper aluminum utensils. Now, Currid-Halkett argues, the power of material goods as symbols of social position has diminished due to their accessibility. As a result, the aspirational class has altered its consumer habits away from overt materialism to more subtle expenditures that reveal status and knowledge. And these transformations influence how we all make choices. With a rich narrative and extensive interviews and research, The Sum of Small Things illustrates how cultural capital leads to lifestyle shifts and what this forecasts, not just for the aspirational class but for everyone. "
book  publisher  class  economics  attitude  signals 
july 2017 by tsuomela
Survey shows what Americans fear most -- ScienceDaily
"The Chapman Survey on American Fears included 1,500 participants from across the nation and all walks of life. The research team leading this effort pared the information down into four basic categories: personal fears, crime, natural disasters and fear factors."
survey  fear  culture  american  american-studies  attitude  emotion  psychology 
october 2014 by tsuomela
Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
"The big challenge for atheism is not God; it is that of providing an alternative to Spock-ism. We need an account of our place in the world that leaves room for value. What we need, then, is a Kirkian understanding of science and its place in our lives. The world, for Captain Kirk and his ontological followers, is a field of play, and science is a form of action."
atheism  title(StarTrek)  science  culture  attitude 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Doctors Really Do Die Differently « Zócalo Public Square
While the article rarely provoked hostility, it did, among some readers, prompt skepticism. I’d written the article in a personal, anecdotal style, so I rarely made use of numbers, studies, or charts. For example, Ezra Klein, writing in The Washington Post, wanted to see more evidence for my assertions. “Does anyone know of data on end-of-life spending for doctors?” he asked. “Or even on the percentage of medical professionals who have signed living wills?”
This essay is an attempt to address such questions. Perhaps it should be viewed as a set of endnotes to “How Doctors Die.” For every assertion of mine that was based on observation, I’ve looked for relevant scholarly evidence that might support or refute it. Here is what I found:
health  health-care  medicine  doctors  attitude  death 
july 2012 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: On Irony: A Response to Hartman (et al)
"If I may venture a guess about what annoys Andrew and so many of us about ironic detachment (as opposed to other kinds of detachment such as say, of the off-the-grid, back-to-the-earth variety) is that ironic detatchment is something along the lines of deliberate detachment with an entitled air: I’m detatching myself because I know that attachment itself is impossible and therefore misguided and naïve."
irony  politics  history  historiography  attitude 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Does Google Have Any Social Skills at All?
"The keynote sounded one futuristic clarion call after another: Glass, the wearable computer
google  technology  social  attitude  audience  engineering 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Bubble Trouble
"In his new book, The Filter Bubble, Eli Pariser looks at the same facts as Cowen but interprets them differently. What Cowen sees as enhancing individual autonomy, Pariser sees as restricting personal development. Instead of constructing personal micro-economies that allow us to make sense of complexity, we are turning media into a mirror that reflects our own prejudices back at us. "
book  review  filters  internet  attitude  psychology 
september 2011 by tsuomela
On Being an Illegible Person
"I’ve been drifting slowly through California for the past three weeks at about 100 miles/week, and  several times I’ve been asked an apparently simple question that has become nearly impossible for me to answer: “What are you here for?”

Unlike regular travelers, I am not here for anything. I am just here, like area residents. The only difference is that I’ll drift on out of the Bay Area in a week.  The true answer is “I am nomadic for the time being. I just move through places, the way you stay put in places. I am doing things that constant movement enables, just like you do things that staying put enables.” That is of course too bizarre an answer to use in everyday conversation."
nomad  work  labor  places  perception  attitude 
august 2011 by tsuomela
by Roger Schank - "Every aspect of life is an experiment that can be better understood if it is perceived in that way. But because we don't recognize this we fail to understand that we need to reason logically from evidence we gather, and that we need to carefully consider the conditions under which our experiments have been conducted, and that we need to decide when and how we might run the experiment again with better results."
attitude  experiments  psychology 
april 2011 by tsuomela
News: The Liberal (and Moderating) Professoriate - Inside Higher Ed
From 2007 - "The 72-page study -- "The Social and Political Views of American Professors" -- was produced with the goal of moving analysis of the political views of faculty members out of the culture wars and back to social science. The study offers at times harsh criticism of many of the analyses of these issues in recent years (both from those hoping to tag the professoriate as foolishly radical and those seeking to rebut those charges). The study included community college professors along with four-year institutions, and featured analysis of non-responders to the survey (two features missing from many recent reports)."
politics  politcal-science  sociology  survey  academia  attitude  professor 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Science Warriors' Ego Trips - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Critical review of science boosterism "..the latest of a now common genre of science patriotism, Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science From Bunk (University of Chicago Press), by Massimo Pigliucci"
book  review  science  skepticism  attitude  denial  scientism 
april 2010 by tsuomela
NaNoWriMo: A Pep Talk and a Warning | 43 Folders
Some book recommendations about writing- Goldberg, King, Hart, Lamott, etc.
writing  creativity  attention  determination  attitude  book  recommendations 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: The Iron Cheer of Empire
But you won't hear anyone complaining. America doesn't like whiners. A whiner or a cynic is about the worst thing you can be in the land of gunpoint optimism. Foreigners often remark on the upbeat American personality. I assure them that our American corpocracy has its ways of pistol whipping or sedating its human assets into the appropriate level of cheeriness.
american  culture  work  labor  attitude  capitalism  money  cynicism  rant 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner | The Very Separate World of Conservative Republicans
The self-identifying conservative Republicans who make up the base of the Republican Party stand a world apart from the rest of America, according to focus groups conducted by Democracy Corps. These base Republican voters dislike Barak Obama to be sure - which is not very surprising as base Democrats had few positive things to say about George Bush - but these voters identify themselves as part of a ‘mocked’ minority with a set of shared beliefs and knowledge, and commitment to oppose Obama that sets them apart from the majority in the country. They believe Obama is ruthlessly advancing a ‘secret agenda’ to bankrupt the United States and dramatically expand government control to an extent nothing short of socialism. They overwhelmingly view a successful Obama presidency as the destruction of this country’s founding principles and are committed to seeing the president fail.
polls  politics  right-wing  conservative  republicans  media  journalism  attitude  communism  fear 
october 2009 by tsuomela
FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Do Americans Really Hate Flying? Or Really Love Driving?
Still, I'd expect the numbers for most 875-mile trips to be slanted fairly heavily in favor of air travel -- but instead, Americans are just as likely to drive this distance as to fly.
transportation  flying  rail  train  automobile  travel  american  attitude  polling  survey  habit 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Casaubon’s Book » Blog Archive » Settling
Most of us are here where we are without substantial ability to change our circumstances in a deep material sense. I think this observation is true, but painful for many people - that is it is possible that we may move about, it is possible that we may change jobs. But we are on a gradual slide away from economic stability, away from a dream that growth could always continue or come back, away from the idea of giving our children better in the sense of material increase, and utimately, towards the realization that we are staying where we are in the largest sense - the possibility of new frontiers has been erased.
attitude  location  sensation  end-times  civilization  collapse  via:pollard 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Harmony Fills Generation Gap, Study Finds - CBS News
Young people, far from rejecting the values of their parents, seem to fault themselves for not living up to those standards. People under 30 tend to think older people have better moral values than they do, the poll said.
generational-analysis  generation  survey  values  attitude  american  1960s  youth 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Forty Years After Woodstock, A Gentler Generation Gap - Pew Research Center
But this modern generation gap is a much more subdued affair than the one that raged in the 1960s, for relatively few Americans of any age see it as a source of conflict -- either in society at large or in their own families.
generational-analysis  generation  survey  values  american  attitude  1960s  youth 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: The Political Broadcast Spectrum
If people are content to have a politics based on image and identity, without giving a rats ass about actual policies, then yes, indeed, we are living in a center-right nation. If people are primarily concerned with broad platitudes and abstract principles, then welcome to Barack Obama's center-dominated bipartisan world. But if people actually want something done, well, then, welcome to progressive America, because that's what people want when it comes down to brass tacks.
america  politics  attitude  liberal  polls  ideology 
august 2009 by tsuomela
slacktivist: Charity, conclusions and cake
Fred Clark continues to pursue the difference between religion obsessed with moral superiority and one that throws impromptu birthday parties for prostitutes.
"We can either take offense or we can give a party. It has to be one or the other, we can't do both."
offense  attitude  fundamentalism  religion  faith 
august 2009 by tsuomela
slacktivist: The burkha-logic of NOM
The persecuted hegemon is thus an oxymoronic creature driven by an oxymoronic principle: non-reciprocal justice. For these folks, turnabout is never fair play, turnabout is merely backwards. Thus when others respond to them in kind, or even simply remind them of the Golden Rule, they take offense, as though this constitutes an injustice toward them.
religion  fundamentalism  hegemony  persecution  attitude 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Millionaires and the millionaires who love them
One financier essentially tells Sherman that the going rate for any job which involves being woken up in the middle of the night should be roughly $2 million a year — which is not the kind of attitude guaranteed to make you friends among, say, the farming community.
wealth  money  attitude  finance  wall-street  income 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias: Who Loves Truth Most?
Truth loving is similar. Most folks say they prefer truth, but the folks most vocal about loving "truth" are usually selling something... The people who just want to know things because they need to make important decisions, in contrast, usually say little about their love of truth
attitude  truth  rationality 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Old-fashioned winter in Minnesota
An "old fashioned winter" is our local euphemism to refer to a time when our winters were always severe and we had, coincidentally, almost no "minorities."
politics  minnesota  race  minorities  racism  attitude 
december 2008 by tsuomela
digital digs: education, reform, and assessment
As I stated at the outset, the problems are ideological. Culturally we don't value education
education  ideology  attitude  culture  intelligence  value  reform  change 
december 2008 by tsuomela
naked capitalism: Why is "Nationalization" A Dirty Word in America?
That is a long-winded way of saying that government inefficiency and incompetence is not a given, as is often depicted in the US. The demonization of government service has probably discouraged able people from seeking public sector jobs. Even so, some areas still get high marks (the FDIC). And the continued disparagement of government serves as cover for those who want subsidies and rescues but hope to avoid the demands that should properly go with them.
government  psychology  attitude  america 
december 2008 by tsuomela

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