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Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit
Title Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit
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Publisher Princeton University Press
Release DateMay 26, 2020
Category Business and Leadership
Total Pages 310 pages
ISBN B0824B49LS
Book Rating 4.3 out of 5 from 67 reviews
Language EN, ES, BE, DA ,DE , NL and FR
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A sociologist and former fashion model takes readers inside the elite global party circuit of "models and bottles" to reveal how beautiful young women are used to boost the status of men Million-dollar birthday parties, megayachts on the French Riviera, and $40,000 bottles of champagne. In today's New Gilded Age, the world's moneyed classes have taken conspicuous consumption to new extremes. In Very Important People, sociologist, author, and former fashion model Ashley Mears takes readers inside the exclusive global nightclub and party circuit—from New York City and the Hamptons to Miami and Saint-Tropez—to reveal the intricate economy of beauty, status, and money that lies behind these spectacular displays of wealth and leisure. Mears spent eighteen months in this world of "models and bottles" to write this captivating, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking narrative. She describes how clubs and restaurants pay promoters to recruit beautiful young women to their venues in order to attract men and get them to spend huge sums in the ritual of bottle service. These "girls" enhance the status of the men and enrich club owners, exchanging their bodily capital for as little as free drinks and a chance to party with men who are rich or aspire to be. Though they are priceless assets in the party circuit, these women are regarded as worthless as long-term relationship prospects, and their bodies are constantly assessed against men's money. A story of extreme gender inequality in a seductive world, Very Important People unveils troubling realities behind moneyed leisure in an age of record economic disparity.

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SOCIETY is having a revival. In cities, small towns, and suburbs all over the country Americans are returning to a class system that seemed doomed a generation ago. They are following all the traditions developed by the Old Guard of an earlier era. But there is a difference. The top rung of the social ladder is now the goal of the many rather than the few. Social position can be earned, whereas, formerly, it could be achieved only by birth. That is why the old-line families are claiming that "Society is dead." And they may be right when they think of society as their grandmothers knew it. But a new society is springing up that bears the closest resemblance to the old. It is bigger; many newcomers have reached the heights. But they have not killed society, even in its original sense. The prestige of the old inner circle has never been higher. Acceptance by this Old Guard is the criterion by which newcomers gauge their success. Almost all the recent arrivals in the world of high society are rich. But they are not satisfied with wealth in itself. In the prosperity that followed World War II many Americans began to earn large incomes. The result is that the possession of money no longer guarantees prestige. And so a position in society has become a status goal.

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Author Scott Galloway
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2017-10-03
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780735213661
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER USA TODAY BESTSELLER Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are the four most influential companies on the planet. Just about everyone thinks they know how they got there. Just about everyone is wrong. For all that’s been written about the Four over the last two decades, no one has captured their power and staggering success as insightfully as Scott Galloway. Instead of buying the myths these compa­nies broadcast, Galloway asks fundamental questions. How did the Four infiltrate our lives so completely that they’re almost impossible to avoid (or boycott)? Why does the stock market forgive them for sins that would destroy other firms? And as they race to become the world’s first trillion-dollar company, can anyone chal­lenge them? In the same irreverent style that has made him one of the world’s most celebrated business professors, Galloway deconstructs the strategies of the Four that lurk beneath their shiny veneers. He shows how they manipulate the fundamental emotional needs that have driven us since our ancestors lived in caves, at a speed and scope others can’t match. And he reveals how you can apply the lessons of their ascent to your own business or career. Whether you want to compete with them, do business with them, or simply live in the world they dominate, you need to understand the Four.

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