status seeker

status seeker

Someone who aspires to a higher socioeconomic level. Upward mobility have always been an aspect of American society, but it took sociologist Vance Packard's 1959 book The Status Seekers to give a name to people who strove to impress by acquiring and flaunting fashionable and expensive items and social cachet. Status seekers—the derogatory epithet quickly gained popularity—not only tried to keep up with the Jones, they wanted to leave the Jones behind.
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A true Status Seeker would want the stadium in which the Promise Keepers are hugging each other to be named after him/her.
The good doctor identifies strategies to deal with the whole spectrum of these chore dodgers (and, by default if nothing else, proponents of unequal opportunities), whether they come into the category of boy, worrier, perfectionist or status seeker.
It serves equally the status seeker, out to impress his business clients, and the genuine opera lover for whom the art is everything.
The segments range from the Status Seeker -- who sees the car as an emblem of success -- to the Confident Pragmatist, who, sitting at the other end of the spectrum, tends to ignore what others think and focuses on quality, safety and customer service.
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Out of the five consumer segments, Status Seekers like SUVs the most.
Having a large social network on a SNS can be construed as a sign of popularity and, conversely, as a sign of superficiality--for example, 'Facebook whore' is a term for blatant SNS status seekers.
uk, reveals that 45 per cent of us are holiday status seekers and a further 39 per cent experience 'passport stamp envy' - putting us second only to Londoners.
Fashionable to the hilt with an infusion of international celebrities and new millionaires, the region has more recently produced a line of overblown mansions that many consider a social mistake by status seekers.
This time the winning streak belongs to the Lady Techsters, who are unbeaten in 21 games, and the Bruins are the status seekers.
The people who succeed, he says, are "naturally aggressive, single-minded, status seekers who takes risks.
Indeed, the female social workers in Burke's book, who receive far less attention than the old poops at the U of T, are presented mainly as status seekers interested in extending their credibility within the labour market.
Apple fans and status seekers will rush out for a first generation iPhone; music fans will probably wait a while.