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Everyone's a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture

Joel Best

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520267169
eISBN:
9780520948488
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267169.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Research and Statistics

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 ... More


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Joel Best

in Everyone's a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520267169
eISBN:
9780520948488
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267169.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Social Research and Statistics

People pay attention to ratings and rankings because they would like to make good choices, and it helps to have information to guide them. Ratings seem to give objective information to clarify the ... More


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