Why People Don’t Rebel: Status by Association
One might assume that [luxury hotel] workers’ admired guests’ wealth because they identified with guests or aspired to be rich themselves. In my twelve months in both hotels, however, I spoke with only two workers who explicitly dreamed of consuming at the same level as guests. Few workers seemed to believe or even wonder whether they could reach these heights of consumption, and often they criticized guests for their extravagance. Rather, the wealth of the guests fostered status by association as guest privilege symbolically rubbed off on workers.