Head, Hand, Heart by David Goodhart audiobook

Head, Hand, Heart: Why Intelligence Is Over-Rewarded, Manual Workers Matter, and Caregivers Deserve More Respect

By David Goodhart

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781982128449
Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $39.99
    Available on 09/08/2020

    ISBN: 9781797115986

A provocative argument from leading British political analyst David Goodhart about the imbalanced distribution of status in Western societies—far too much reward and prestige has been allocated to the Head (cognitive ability), while the Hand (manual-technical abilities), and the Heart (caring and emotional abilities) have been marginalized. Much has been said about the causes of discontent in today’s western societies—from economic inequality, to disconnected political elites and educational divides. But there is an explanation hiding in plain sight. One form of human aptitude—cognitive ability—has become the gold standard of human esteem. Consequently, people with cognitive ability—the cognitive elites—now shape society, largely in their own interests. To put it more bluntly: smart people have become too powerful. In this follow-up to the bestselling The Road to Somewhere, David Goodhart divides society into people who work with their Heads (cognitive work), with their Hands (manual work), and with their Hearts (caring work), and considers each group’s changing status and influence over recent decades. Today the “brightest and the best” trump the “decent and hardworking.” Other qualities like character, craft, integrity, courage, and willingness to toil command less respect. How did we get here? David Goodhart, one of the boldest thinkers on the political shocks of recent years, reveals the story behind this imbalance across education, the economy, and politics. He shows how we may be reaching “peak Head” as the knowledge economy turns out not to need many knowledge workers and Hand and Heart push back. A healthy democratic society must respect and reward a broad range of achievement, and must provide meaning and value for people who cannot—or do not want to—achieve in the classroom and professional career market. This is the story of the struggle for status and dignity in the 21st century.

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Summary

A provocative argument from leading British political analyst David Goodhart about the imbalanced distribution of status in Western societies—far too much reward and prestige has been allocated to the Head (cognitive ability), while the Hand (manual-technical abilities), and the Heart (caring and emotional abilities) have been marginalized.

Much has been said about the causes of discontent in today’s western societies—from economic inequality, to disconnected political elites and educational divides. But there is an explanation hiding in plain sight. One form of human aptitude—cognitive ability—has become the gold standard of human esteem. Consequently, people with cognitive ability—the cognitive elites—now shape society, largely in their own interests. To put it more bluntly: smart people have become too powerful.

In this follow-up to the bestselling The Road to Somewhere, David Goodhart divides society into people who work with their Heads (cognitive work), with their Hands (manual work), and with their Hearts (caring work), and considers each group’s changing status and influence over recent decades. Today the “brightest and the best” trump the “decent and hardworking.” Other qualities like character, craft, integrity, courage, and willingness to toil command less respect.

How did we get here? David Goodhart, one of the boldest thinkers on the political shocks of recent years, reveals the story behind this imbalance across education, the economy, and politics. He shows how we may be reaching “peak Head” as the knowledge economy turns out not to need many knowledge workers and Hand and Heart push back.

A healthy democratic society must respect and reward a broad range of achievement, and must provide meaning and value for people who cannot—or do not want to—achieve in the classroom and professional career market. This is the story of the struggle for status and dignity in the 21st century.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Head, Hand, Heart describes a dangerous concentration of cultural and economic power in a stratum of society that is selected on very narrow grounds, and gives a little weight to experience.” Matthew Crawford, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: David Goodhart

Author Bio: David Goodhart

David Goodhart is the founding editor of Prospect magazine and one of the most distinctive voices on British politics today. He is currently head of the Demography, Immigration, and Integration Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange, and was previously director of the center-left think tank Demos. His book The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration was runner-up for the Orwell Prize in 2014 and was a finalist for Political Book of the Year in the Paddy Power Political Book Awards. David voted remain in the EU referendum and has been a mainly inactive member of the Labour Party since he was a student.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English