The Pursuit of Attention: Power and Ego in Everyday Life

3.75 avg rating
( 120 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780195135497: The Pursuit of Attention: Power and Ego in Everyday Life
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

"Enough about me," goes the old saying, "what about you? What do you think about me?" Hence the pursuit of attention is alive and well. Even the Oxford English Dictionary reveals a modern coinage to reflect the chase in our technological age: "ego-surfing"--searching the Internet for occurrences of your own name. What is the cause of this obsessive need for others' recognition? This useful and popular volume, now in a second edition that features major new introductory and concluding essays, entertainingly ponders this question. Derber argues that there is a general lack of social support in today's America, one which causes people to vie hungrily for attention, and he shows how individuals will often employ numerous techniques to turn the course of a conversation towards themselves. Illustrating this "conversational narcissism" with sample dialogues that will seem disturbingly familiar to all readers, this book analyzes the pursuit of attention in conversation--as well as in politics and celebrity culture--and demonstrates the ultimate importance of gender, class, and racial differences in competing for attention. Derber shows how changes in the economy and culture--such as the advent of the Internet--have intensified the rampant individualism and egotism of today. And finally, in a new afterword, he focuses on solutions: how to restructure the economy and culture to humanize ourselves and increase the capacity for community, empathy, and attention-giving.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Charles Derber, author of Corporation Nation and The Wilding of America, is Professor of Sociology at Boston College.

Review:


"A refreshingly balanced, strongly grounded exploration of the routines Americans exploit in competing for attention...."--American Journal of Sociology (on the previous edition)


"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780195135503: The Pursuit of Attention: Power and Ego in Everyday Life

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0195135504 ISBN 13:  9780195135503
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2000
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

DERBER
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195135490 ISBN 13: 9780195135497
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0195135490

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.37
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Charles Derber
Published by Oxford University Press, United Kingdom (2000)
ISBN 10: 0195135490 ISBN 13: 9780195135497
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. 2nd Revised edition. Language: English. Brand new Book. "Enough about me," goes the old joke, "what about you? What do you think about me?" Hence the pursuit of attention is alive and well. Even the Oxford English Dictionary reveals a modern coinage to reflect the chase in our technological age: 'ego-surfing' - searching the Internet for occurrences of your own name. What is the cause of this obsessive need for others' recognition? This useful and popular volume, now in a second edition that features major new introductory and concluding essays, entertainingly ponders this question. Derber argues that there is a general lack of social support in today's America, one which causes people to vie hungrily for attention, and he shows how individuals will often employ numerous techniques to turn the course of a conversation towards themselves. Illustrating this 'conversational narcissism' with sample dialogues that will seem disturbingly familiar to all readers, this book analyses the pursuit of attention in conversation - as well as in politics and celebrity culture - and demonstrates the ultimate importance of gender, class, and racial differences in competing for attention.Derber shows how changes in the economy and culture, such as the advent of the Internet, have intensified the rampant individualism and egotism of today. And finally, in a new afterword, he focuses on solutions: how to restructure the economy and culture to humanize ourselves and increase the capacity for community, empathy, and attention-giving. Seller Inventory # AAV9780195135497

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Charles Derber
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2000)
ISBN 10: 0195135490 ISBN 13: 9780195135497
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. 2nd Revised edition. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Enough about me, goes the old joke, what about you? What do you think about me? Hence the pursuit of attention is alive and well. Even the Oxford English Dictionary reveals a modern coinage to reflect the chase in our technological age: ego-surfing - searching the Internet for occurrences of your own name. What is the cause of this obsessive need for others recognition? This useful and popular volume, now in a second edition that features major new introductory and concluding essays, entertainingly ponders this question. Derber argues that there is a general lack of social support in today s America, one which causes people to vie hungrily for attention, and he shows how individuals will often employ numerous techniques to turn the course of a conversation towards themselves. Illustrating this conversational narcissism with sample dialogues that will seem disturbingly familiar to all readers, this book analyses the pursuit of attention in conversation - as well as in politics and celebrity culture - and demonstrates the ultimate importance of gender, class, and racial differences in competing for attention. Derber shows how changes in the economy and culture, such as the advent of the Internet, have intensified the rampant individualism and egotism of today. And finally, in a new afterword, he focuses on solutions: how to restructure the economy and culture to humanize ourselves and increase the capacity for community, empathy, and attention-giving. Seller Inventory # AAV9780195135497

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Derber, Charles
ISBN 10: 0195135490 ISBN 13: 9780195135497
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2000. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # KS-9780195135497

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.70
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Derber, Charles
Published by Oxford University Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 0195135490 ISBN 13: 9780195135497
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780195135497_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.26
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.97
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Charles Derber
Published by Oxford University Press, United Kingdom (2000)
ISBN 10: 0195135490 ISBN 13: 9780195135497
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. 2nd Revised edition. Language: English. Brand new Book. "Enough about me," goes the old joke, "what about you? What do you think about me?" Hence the pursuit of attention is alive and well. Even the Oxford English Dictionary reveals a modern coinage to reflect the chase in our technological age: 'ego-surfing' - searching the Internet for occurrences of your own name. What is the cause of this obsessive need for others' recognition? This useful and popular volume, now in a second edition that features major new introductory and concluding essays, entertainingly ponders this question. Derber argues that there is a general lack of social support in today's America, one which causes people to vie hungrily for attention, and he shows how individuals will often employ numerous techniques to turn the course of a conversation towards themselves. Illustrating this 'conversational narcissism' with sample dialogues that will seem disturbingly familiar to all readers, this book analyses the pursuit of attention in conversation - as well as in politics and celebrity culture - and demonstrates the ultimate importance of gender, class, and racial differences in competing for attention.Derber shows how changes in the economy and culture, such as the advent of the Internet, have intensified the rampant individualism and egotism of today. And finally, in a new afterword, he focuses on solutions: how to restructure the economy and culture to humanize ourselves and increase the capacity for community, empathy, and attention-giving. Seller Inventory # BTE9780195135497

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Charles Derber
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (2000)
ISBN 10: 0195135490 ISBN 13: 9780195135497
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. 2. Seller Inventory # DADAX0195135490

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.72
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Derber, Charles
Published by OUP USA (2000)
ISBN 10: 0195135490 ISBN 13: 9780195135497
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA, 2000. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 3 to 5 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # LQ-9780195135497

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.53
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.55
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Derber, Charles
Published by Oxford University Press, USA 4/1/2000 (2000)
ISBN 10: 0195135490 ISBN 13: 9780195135497
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA 4/1/2000, 2000. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. The Pursuit of Attention: Power and Ego in Everyday Life. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780195135497

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Derber, Charles
Published by Oxford University Press (2018)
ISBN 10: 0195135490 ISBN 13: 9780195135497
New Paperback Quantity Available: 16
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 0195135490

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 27.31
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book