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Communal Functions of Social Comparison

Communal Functions of Social Comparison

Communal Functions of Social Comparison

Communal Functions of Social Comparison


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The extent to which we see ourselves as similar or different from others in our lives plays a key role in getting along and participating in social life. This volume identifies research relevant to such communal functions of social comparisons and summarizes and organizes this research within a single, coherent conceptual framework. The volume provides an important addition to current thinking about social comparison, which has often neglected communal and affiliative functions. Whereas human desire to compare with others has traditionally been viewed as motivated by self-centered needs such as self-evaluation, self-enhancement, and self-improvement, this book presents an eclectic cross-section of research that illuminates connective, cooperative, and participatory functions of social comparisons. In this vein, the book aims both to expose research on currently neglected functions of social comparisons and to motivate a broader theoretical integration of social comparison processes.

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ISBN-13: 9781108701358
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Zlatan Križan is Associate Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University, where he directs the Self and Social Perception Laboratory and conducts work on basic motivational, emotional and personality processes. He completed his doctoral work in personality and social psychology at the University of Iowa in 2007.

Frederick X. Gibbons is Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut and Research Affiliate at the Center for Health Intervention and Prevention. He previously served on the faculties of Dartmouth College and Iowa State University, where he was Distinguished Professor of Psychology. Dr Gibbons is a health-social psychologist, whose research focuses on psychosocial factors related to health status and health behavior.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Communion in social comparison - back to the roots Zlatan Križan and Frederick X. Gibbons; Part I. Core Considerations: 1. Agency and communion in social comparisons Kenneth D. Locke; 2. Social comparison in identity theory Jan E. Stets and Peter J. Burke; 3. When comparisons divide: invidious emotions and their social control Zlatan Križan and Richard H. Smith; Part II. Individual Level: 4. Sparing others through social comparison Anne L. Zell and Julie Juola Exline; 5. Social comparisons within romantic relationships Penelope Lockwood and Rebecca T. Pinkus; Part III. Group Level: 6. Prototype-based social comparison within groups: constructing social identity to reduce self-uncertainty Michael A. Hogg and Amber M. Gaffney; 7. Bonding, hiding and promoting: three reactions to shared threat Hart Blanton, Melissa Burkley and Edward Burkley; Part IV. Sociocultural Level: 8. Basic principles of social comparison: does gender matter? Serge Guimond and Armand Chatard; 9. Culture and self-worth: implications for social comparison processes and coping with threats to self-worth Joni Y. Sasaki, Deborah M. Ko and Heejung S. Kim.

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