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Grovelling and other vices : the sociology of sycophancy

Author: Alphons Silbermann
Publisher: London ; New Brunswick, NJ : Athlone Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Grovelling receives its first sociological treatment in this widely acclaimed work by the eminent German sociologist, Alphons Silbermann. According to Silbermann, grovelling, or arse-licking, is not a character trait but a model for action. It operates at the very centre of social mechanisms; and it is a process upon which any attempt to understand human arrangement must focus." "Furthermore, from analysing the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alphons Silbermann
ISBN: 0485115441 9780485115444
OCLC Number: 41662605
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 184 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: I. Setting the Mood: Knigge, 'On Social Intercourse' --
II. Concepts: The gentleman is kindly requested to kiss Satan's backside --
III. Virtue and Vice: Human, All-too-Human --
IV. Purposive Ideology: Neither good nor evil --
V. Opportunism: When to submit --
VI. Interlude; Not a question of character --
VII. Lies, Hypocrisy, Flattery: the basics of deception --
VIII. Intrigue and Perfidy: Secret machinations --
IX. Love: Mightier than man --
X. Family Life: The gateway to happiness --
XI. Education, Louts and the Permissive Society: We only want what is best for you --
XII. Adaptation: Avoidance of conflict, voluntary and enforced --
XIII. Guilt-Shedding: Of perpetrators and victims.
Other Titles: Von der Kunst der Arschkriecherei.
Responsibility: Alphons Silbermann ; translated by Ladislaus Löb.

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Presenting an analysis of the most central social and business practices of our time, this book explains the cause and effects of sycophancy in society. The author explains the purpose of grovelling  Read more...

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