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"Status Anxiety" by Alain de Botton is interesting. It´s 2 parts:
1) 5 factors/issues that cause the anxiety
2) 5 factors/issues that cure the anxiety

It´s not a psychology book, and it´s not a deep / definitive book on modern behavior regarding the search for social recognition. But it is cool.

And I read an article the other day that may also interest you (on celebrity culture / celebrities as brands).

Queen bees and wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman. She looks at a bunch of things that affect membership of teenage girl cliques. It's quite interesting, don;t know if it hits all the things you list, but worth a flick.

Hi Russell,

'Illusions of Immortality: A Psychology of Fame and Celebrity' by David giles


and The Psychology of Interpersonal Behaviour by Michael Argyle


Hope it helps

'Conspicuous Consumption' by Thorstein Veblen touches on all of them (some indirectly).


Snobbery: The American Version is a great social commentary on this type of thing. It's by Joseph Epstein and can be found here on Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0618340734/sr=8-1/qid=1149439983/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-4069169-5958414?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Yes, I would recomend too the Status Anxiety" by Alain de Botton and .. err perhaps "The Challenge of Affluence" from
Avner Offer.

While it doesnt meet the criteria for #1 (celebrity), I would reccomend 'Babbit' by Sinclair Lewis. A great book that touches on many of these issues if you can stomach some broad caricatures.

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