- Tapa blanda: 309 páginas
- Editor: Random House Inc; Edición: Vintage Books (12 de abril de 2005)
- Colección: Vintage
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0375713816
- ISBN-13: 978-0375713811
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
The Pecking Order: A Bold New Look at How Family and Society Determine Who We Become (Vintage) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 12 abr 2005
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"Lucid and provocative. . . . It will make you think twice about how you became what you are." --The Washington Post Book World"Don't get too attached to tidy assumptions, such as 'firstborns succeed' and 'elite colleges make the difference.' The Pecking Order is bound to shatter them." --Detroit Free Press "Conley turns conventional wisdom on its head. . . . Astonishing." --The New York Times "A profound, controversial and blessedly easy-to-read book that ought to be required reading for armchair experts about families--their own families, and others about whom they gossip." --The Oregonian "Intriguing and provocative." --Howard Gardner, The Boston Globe
"[Conley] offers a revolutionary new theory -- grounded in facts and statistics -- detailing the complexities of both the familial and the societal sorting process." --Booklist
"Families can be tough. Now there's statistical proof." --O Magazine "Fascinating...The Pecking Order provides a revealing and well-researched insight into modern American society." --Tulsa World "Authoritative yet lively... [Conley] chooses stories that get complicated, but he does not compromise the nuances of the statistical research. He keeps his prose simple...The Pecking Order brings an important but technical branch of social science to a new readership." --Michael Hout, Contexts "An interesting and eminently readable combination of overall trends and individual family histories." --The Providence Journal-Bulletin "From the first page, this book is engaging because you cannot help but think of your own family predicament." --The Seattle Times "A fun read with a serious intent...Conley satisfies our thirst for knowing the private lives of the rich and famous while also shedding light on the family lives of anonymous Americans." --Stanley Aronowitz, The Nation
"The Pecking Order is not a conventional parenting book, but it stands as a daunting reminder of the significant roles both parents and sibling play in determining a child's success in the world." --National Post (Canada) "Reveals a much more fascinatingly shaded world than that of those who choose either nature or nurture." -Kirkus Reviews
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A study of how American families create and mirror economic inequality reveals how specific factors contribute to the successes and failures of children within a family, citing such contributors as genetics, birth order, family size, divorce, economics, gender, and race. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.Ver Descripción del producto
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My biggest complaint with this book is I couldn't shake this feeling of smugness that was being presented by the author, that he had done all this research to refute birth order theory. I've never met the guy personally and it's silly to assume he's one way or another, but I felt like I was being lectured by a professor with a big ego throughout the book. When really his arguments, although delivered with intensity didn't carry much weight.
If you're looking for a birth order book I'd suggest looking else where. This book barely touches on birth order in the sense of personality development (which is what I believe most people are looking for when they pick up a book like this), and doesn't present much other than chaos theory when it comes to discussing "how family and society shape who we become." But for those who are looking to get something out of this book, let me tell you the two main things I will take away from this book (which is why I'll let it slide with 2 stars) The one main thing I did get out of this book is money makes a big difference because families with money have more resources to put into their families. No shocker there, but he makes some interesting points about the role money plays in sibling development that were worth reading. The second point is that birth order really doesn't make a difference in small families, but in big families birth order can make a big difference especially for the middle children who are squeezed for attention and resources. If either of those two points interest you....for a penny, this book might be worth picking up.
I personally feel like I knew that prior to reading the book, that any one thing can change your entire lifes path. I was looking for the author to make a theory and prove it, or lead in one direction. I respect that he did not pretend to have the answer but I think this book missed the mark on what I was looking for. I will say however that the examples of how different siblings are and how they were raised and the changes within the families during certain stages of life did help me to form my own theory on how society and family influence who we ultimately become.
While I appreciated the liveliness of the many examples used to illustrate the author's points, the luridness of some made it hard to take the evidence as anything but purely anecdotal. At times, it seemed like the author was rather too-eager explain how he arrived at his conclusions. There is nothing wrong with that necessarily, but I think most readers of psych books written for a general audience are willing to take more on faith than the author expected.
The most original point for me was the author's declaration that birth order didn't always mean that a child would go on to be a leader, a follower, a failure or whatever. Birth order does not necessarily predict a child's personality either. Instead, divorce, death, remarriage, economic background, helps determine how many resources a parent has to divide amongst his/her children. In fact, economic difference is often wider between adult siblings than it is between children from different families.
This book will probably hold your attention, but some readers may be left wanting more hard evidence and less anecdotes.