Culture Club Series Reviews
Peter Midgley, Counting Teeth: A Namibian Story
Socialization and culture, Minsos argues, are not binary, but depend upon a three-cornered asymmetrical (weird) matrix tit-for-tat game in which the struggle for authority becomes a key part of how all societies function. In making her case, Minsos engages readers and theorists in a series of Socratic dialogues.
Anita Jenkins, professional editor and writer
This book offers a compelling and creative argument about how societies adapt, evolve and survive in various versions of a club. This academic subject about power structures comes through to the ordinary reader via clear language and specific examples and illustrations.
The book features fascinating images to illustrate the various theories and topics, Socratic dialogues called "Why Should I Care" and an excellent index.
Dr. Janine Brodie CM FRSC, Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics
Culture Clubs is informed by the great debates of human nature, contemporary game theory, and creative literature and film. Minsos’s careful analysis of socialization makes a compelling case with abundant intuition and delightful wit.
If you have spent any time wondering about human nature and our need to form and belong to groups, this book is for you. Minsos offers a new twist on group dynamics, ranging from the smallest unit of the family to the local community and outward, incorporating the larger multicultural world. The author is confident, feisty, and has a sharp wit as she offers a well-substantiated perspective on our game playing.
Dianne Gillespie, educator (ret'd)
Culture Clubs opens the door to an incredible and clearly stated awareness of how our society functions both at the global and personal levels. The author is crystal clear about the roles of dominator, complior and defector that each one of us chooses as we operate within ever changing team making alliances. Culture Clubs allows each reader to "dig deeper" into their own soul in order to understand on a personal level how and why we select our behaviour paths or manners and act the way we do. The depth of research is broad and vast and equally relevant to people and events in the past as well as the present.
Nancy Mackenzie, Nerve Line
Author S. Minsos turns her wide-ranging gaze to a multiplicity of issues and analyzes what happens when nations weave a complicated tapestry of innocence and transgression. She offers a brilliant satire of former United States President Donald Trump as a Macbeth figure, tackles climate change, and asks are women funny? This book describes human societies as teams of Homo sapiens who naturally form culture clubs, and holds societies up to a new social game theory about how and why societies form the way they do. This is a must read for those of us as intrigued by our human forebears and civilizations as we are about the cultural features of our lives today. Reading Culture Clubs puts readers in the game with a new awareness of what contemporary humans are like.
Sally Williams, ART (Director)
The author had me at, if humanity is to survive, computers should never 'imitate sentience.'
I'm further drawn into the narrative by the fast paced, dynamic conversation the author engages with me, the reader. Anyone involved in literary inquiry, theatre improvisation, film, politics or social work will be compelled by the writer's blueprint for game theory as individuals cope with contemporary affordances. A brilliant read – and a book to keep on the night table these days.