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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1ST edition (October 30, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052128774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521287746
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eugene Halton is Professor of Sociology and American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to being coauthor of The Meaning of Things, he is author of Bereft of Reason (1995, 1997), Meaning and Modernity (1986), and a forthcoming book on American culture.

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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Colburn on September 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is classic Csikszentmihalyi. He and Rochberg-Halton hit the ball out of the park!

History, scientific analysis, a survey and the ability to hold it all together blend to enable the reader to get a glimpse of a sustainable future. This book is like a good play, the intriguing teaser front end, the slogging thru volumes of information, the wondering if you should walk out during the intermission because of TMI (too much information), and the roller coaster ride you get once the story tips into the final run to the climax.

The authors begin to see patterns flowing from their survey that reach way beyond their initial hopes and they are able to gather this information, combine it with historical and scientific data, and pitch a proactive and beautifully simple way of beginning to transform our understanding of ourselves so that we may engage meaningful challenges and new ways of reflection
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas OGuinn on November 15, 2014
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Classic, well written.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mastertom on December 12, 2011
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Especially for children, but also for grown-ups and for a society as a whole, everyday things are full of meaning.
Every morning they great us: we are still there, and we are still the same!
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