Measuring Up: The Performance Ethic In American Culture, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Measuring Up

The Performance Ethic In American Culture, 1st Edition

By James Mannon


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Measuring Up explores the relentless pressure many Americans feel to measure up successfully with respect to grades, beauty, economic achievement, and various quantified ?aptitudes.? This unique text focuses both on the macro and micro aspects of social and cultural life, discussing such topics as culture, socialization, peer groups, reference grou

Table of Contents

The Performance Ethic in American Society -- Measuring Up in the Early Years -- Why Teens Try Harder: Adolescent Life in the United States -- The Measured Self in the Middle Years -- Losers, Weepers: Dilemmas of the Underclass -- Constructing a New Vision: The Emergence of the Productive Self

About the Author

James M. Mannon is professor of sociology at DePauw University and the author of American Gridmark.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General