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Reputation: What It Is and Why It Matters Hardcover – Illustrated, December 11, 2017
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"[Reputation] mixes crunchy intellectual provocations with literary allusions, catty takes on academic life and some juicy riffs."---Ian Leslie, New Statesman
"Having a good reputation is crucial for individuals, groups, and even objects. Through wide-ranging and well-crafted examples―from wine tasting to academic prestige―Gloria Origgi offers a grand tour of how the social sciences illuminate the process of reputation formation. Reputations might be imperfect, but they are unavoidable, and Origgi's book can help us make them more reliable."―Hugo Mercier, coauthor of The Enigma of Reason
"Fascinating, thought-provoking, and persuasive, this book deepens our understanding of the complexity and importance of reputation. Its engaging and accessible style ensures that the reader is never bored."―Carlo Invernizzi Accetti, City College of New York and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0691175357
- ISBN-13 : 978-0691175355
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Publisher : Princeton University Press; Illustrated edition (December 11, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,758,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is less of a how-to book, but a book for thinking and latter exploitation. A lot of how we react to the reputations of others is unclear. We accept ourselves that not everything is black-and-white but we fall for the same categorisations of good, bad or indifferent. We accept reputational commentary from others often without validation. Why might we let the reputation of others determine someone else’s reputation? It was in the newspaper, it must be true? A minister wouldn’t do that sort of thing? I can’t imagine…? All of this and more surely mixes together as we evaluate the reputations of others – and they do the same to you and evaluate you, despite your best-efforts not to create any adverse impression.
The author mixes well theories and expertise from many different disciplines to try and consider the influencing factors and effects of reputation. It makes for surprisingly accessible and engaging reading. Reputations are everywhere. Will you buy from Company X? You are thinking about a holiday to City Y, is it safe? How about yet another loan to Country Z: can they be trusted? On a more local level, your boss may say this and that, what are their motivations and does their reputation colour what they are saying and why they are saying it? What’s the real story and what is the back story? How did you come to consider what ‘filter’ to apply? Their reputation, the reputation of others and perhaps, even, a consolidation of your self that impacts on your reputation as seen and measured by others!
The book gets you thinking! It is not a hyper-theoretical, hard-to-read dusty academic book. It deserves wider distribution and can be one of those thoughtful unexpected gems that a curious reader stumbles across. For the academic with a deeper interest, it is also a valuable work that can help research and understanding go further.
It can certainly keep you company for a long time whilst reading it and be in your mind even longer afterwards!