The Status Game: On Human Life and How to Play it (Hardback)Will Storr (author)
In an enthralling slice of revisionist history, the author of The Science of Storytelling argues that it is status rather than sex, power or money that functions as humanity’s great emotional driver.
From author of The Science of Storytelling, a bold and ambitious investigation of the hidden structure behind human behaviour: status.
What drives our political and moral beliefs? What makes us like some things and dislike others? What shapes how we behave, and misbehave, in groups? What makes you, you?
For centuries, philosophers and scholars have described human behaviour in terms of sex, power and money. In The Status Game, bestselling author Will Storr radically turns this thinking on its head by arguing that it is our irrepressible craving for status that ultimately defines who we are.
From the era of the hunter-gatherer to today, when we exist as workers in the globalised economy and citizens of online worlds, the need for status has always been wired into us. A wealth of research shows that how much of it we possess dramatically affects not only our happiness and wellbeing but also our physical health - and without sufficient status, we become more ill, and live shorter lives. It's an unconscious obsession that drives the best and worst of us: our innovation, arts and civilisation as well as our murders, wars and genocides. But why is status such an all-consuming prize? What happens if it's taken away from us? And how can our unquenchable thirst for it explain cults, moral panics, conspiracy theories, the rise of social media and the 'culture wars' of today?
On a breathtaking journey through time and culture, The Status Game offers a sweeping rethink of human psychology that will change how you see others - and how you see yourself.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 630 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 35 mm
'I haven't finished reading The Status Game because I've only read it once. There's so much in this dazzling book I will be revisiting over and over again' - Daniel Finkelstein
'The Status Game could not be more timely and provides a missing piece for understanding where we are, and how to get out of this mess ... I can't recommend it highly enough' - Greg Lukianoff, co-author with Jonathan Haidt of The Coddling of the American Mind
'Thought provoking and enlightening - you'll be discussing The Status Game everywhere you go' - Sara Pascoe
'A wonderfully written, instantly gripping investigation of how humans yearn for, accrue, and respond to status - and how we wither from a lack of it ... It is a vital exploration of the evolutionarily wired game that underpins so much of our culture and politics' - Jesse Singal, author of The Quick Fix
'Bursting with insights into the hierarchy-crazed hellscape of a world shaped by social media, this book confirms Will Storr's own status as a master storyteller' - Helen Lewis, author of Difficult Women
'A radical new theory of human nature ... I was blown away by the depth and breadth of the research, the strength of the argument, and the quality of the storytelling. It should - quite appropriately - establish Will Storr as the finest science writer being published today' - David Robson, author of The Intelligence Trap
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