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Images of Issues. Continue shopping. Return to Book Page. Preview — Everyone's a Winner by Joel Best. Every kindergarten soccer player gets a trophy. Many high schools name dozens of seniors as valedictorians—of the same class.

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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages.

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This is a really strong, really accessible, well written piece of work. Best focuses predominantly on the reality that we live in a "congratulatory culture" - one that "flies in the face of traditional sociological theories that assume that status, esteem, honor and prestige are scarce commodities, for which there is stiff competition that results in a few winners and lots of losers" In it, players are showered with esteem and praise, and we collectively read things like rankings as news This is a really strong, really accessible, well written piece of work. In it, players are showered with esteem and praise, and we collectively read things like rankings as news and make decisions about our lives - from where to eat to where to go to school - accordingly.

While much thinking and talking about status affluence ultimately leads down roads that are ultimately empty and negative ie. He suggests that the concern over our congratulatory culture may be yet another moral panic that will go the way of many others ie. And for jackpot winners like Mr. Franco, the pressure comes nearly immediately.