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The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life


作者  /  Anu Partanen

出版社 / HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

出版日期 / 2017/06/27

商品語言 / 英文

裝訂 / 平裝

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《北歐萬物論:追尋更好的生活》

移居美國的芬蘭記者經歷文化衝擊後──
分析兩個國家社會制度的差別,以及美國可以如何從中學習

因為與美籍丈夫結婚而移居美國的芬蘭記者阿努.帕他嫩,起初將對於日常生活的焦慮與複雜制度的不熟悉,怪罪於自己對新文化的不適應。但當她逐漸了解美國,便發現許多美國人也像她一樣,對於不健全的社會制度感到無奈與不滿,於是決定仔細分析並比較兩個國家的社會層面。

她主要著重於探討四項主要關係:家長與子女、男性與女性、雇主與員工、政府與公民,也拆穿北歐常被批評為「保姆式國家」的迷思,認為以某種層面而言,美國人民反而更加依賴、更加不自由。她對於在美國生活必須負擔的日常生活基本開銷感到驚恐,認為雖然美國從建國以來就以「自由」與「機會」著稱,但現實情況卻是許多人背負龐大債務,其實十分不自由,必須依賴配偶、家庭、雇主、政府等等,在沉重的生活壓力下喘不過氣。反觀芬蘭的社會福利完善,學費低廉、托嬰補助豐厚,不管是男性還是女性,都可以放心工作、追尋夢想,相較於美國人,反而享有更大的自由與獨立。

她從托育、教育、老年照護、稅制、健保制度等等層面分析,點出美國社會的各種缺失以及該如何改善,如何學習芬蘭,成為更加快樂、公平、自由、安全的社會。她融合對於母國的驕傲,以及對於美國人民面臨的困境,做了完整的分析。作者以仔細的研究成果,搭配個人的軼聞趣事,《北歐萬物論:追尋更好的生活》開啟一場重要對話,為美國該如何重拾美國夢的榮光,讓人民享有真正的自由,提供實用建議與分析,台灣的社會制度也可從中獲得借鏡。

A Finnish journalist, now a naturalized American citizen, asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children.

Moving to America in 2008, Finnish journalist Anu Partanen quickly went from confident, successful professional to wary, self-doubting mess. She found that navigating the basics of everyday life—from buying a cell phone and filing taxes to education and childcare—was much more complicated and stressful than anything she encountered in her homeland. At first, she attributed her crippling anxiety to the difficulty of adapting to a freewheeling new culture. But as she got to know Americans better, she discovered they shared her deep apprehension. To understand why life is so different in the U.S. and Finland, Partanen began to look closely at both.

In The Nordic Theory of Everything, Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships—parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens. She debunks criticism that Nordic countries are socialist “nanny states,” revealing instead that it is we Americans who are far more enmeshed in unhealthy dependencies than we realize. As Partanen explains step by step, the Nordic approach allows citizens to enjoy more individual freedom and independence than we do.

Partanen wants to open Americans’ eyes to how much better things can be—to show her beloved new country what it can learn from her homeland to reinvigorate and fulfill the promise of the American dream—to provide the opportunity to live a healthy, safe, economically secure, upwardly mobile life for everyone. Offering insights, advice, and solutions, The Nordic Theory of Everything makes a convincing argument that we can rebuild our society, rekindle our optimism, and restore true freedom to our relationships and lives. Anu Partanen
Anu Partanen is a journalist originally from Finland, now based in New York City. In her native Finland she has held many positions ranging from managing editor to columnist, features writer to news reporter, lecturer to on-air commentator. She has been living in the United States since 2008, and her book "The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life" compares everyday life in the United States with life in the Nordic region. In 2009 she was a visiting staff reporter at Fortune magazine through the Innovation Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, and more recently her work has been published in The New York Times and The Atlantic. She is a regular on-air commentator on the BBC World Service.







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誠品26碼 /2681474996006
ISBN 13 /9780062316554
ISBN 10 /0062316559
EAN /9780062316554

頁數448
尺寸20.3X13.5CM
裝訂平裝
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語言英文
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