Consequential Strangers: Turning Everyday Encounters Into Life-changing Moments

Paperback | June 22, 2010

byMelinda Blau, Karen L Fingerman

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They punctuate our days, but we take them for granted: our barista, our car mechanic, our coworker. Yet these are the consequential strangers who bring novelty and new opportunities into our lives. In an unprecedented examination of “people who don’t seem to matter,” psychologist Karen L. Fingerman, who coined the term, collaborates with journalist Melinda Blau to develop an idea sparked by Fingerman and others’ groundbreaking social science research. Drawing as well from Blau’s wide-ranging interviews, this book presents a rich portrait of our social landscape, chronicling the surprising impact consequential strangers have on business, creativity, health, and the strength of our communities.

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They punctuate our days, but we take them for granted: our barista, our car mechanic, our coworker. Yet these are the consequential strangers who bring novelty and new opportunities into our lives. In an unprecedented examination of “people who don’t seem to matter,” psychologist Karen L. Fingerman, who coined the term, collaborates wi...

Karen L. Fingerman, PhD, the Berner Hanley Professor at Purdue University, lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.26 × 5.53 × 0.73 inPublished:June 22, 2010Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393338452

ISBN - 13:9780393338454

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The essential guide to navigating our new twenty-first-century social waters. — Mark Granovetter, professor of sociology, Stanford University

Especially cogent today. . . . Illustrate[s] the importance of individuals we often take for granted yet who enrich our lives in ways not immediately noticeable but that could prove highly significant. — Publishers Weekly