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Conditions of Successful Degradation Ceremonies Paperback – August, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0829027952 ISBN-10: 0829027955

 
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Irvington Pub (August 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829027955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829027952
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,132,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 1999
This is not a book, it is a reprint of a 4-page paper Harold Garfinkel published in 1956. We participate every day, many times a day, in these "successful" degradation ceremonies. Garfinkel cites prosecution/defendant courtroom activity, but we can deduce that every social situation in which there are a superior & an inferior (or accuser & accused) & in which the object is to change the inferior is a degradation ceremony: student/teacher, parent/teacher, professor/student, therapist/patient...job interview, performance evaluation. Garfinkel believes that these ceremonies are the ready by-product of modern social organization. Their success is based in part on the social prestige or honor accorded the superior person: the lawyer, the doctor, the judge, the professor, the administrator must be right by virtue of their professional titles. If this all sounds a bit complicated, it reads that way too: Garfinkel was exploring new territory here, & I think the ideas far exceeded the capacity of our language to express them. But if every American could read this, we would want to terminate the SAT, the standardized test, & the idiotic job interview ("Where do you hope to be in 5 years?"), & every other daily degradation ceremony.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "jestown" on May 28, 2001
This is a must read for those who want to understand the mechanics of the social/work world. Though its language is difficult, the message is extremely helpful to anyone who has been caught in a undesirable social/work situation.
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