Handbook of Social Comparison: Theory and Research

Overview

Comparison of objects, events, and situations is integral to judgment; comparisons of the self with other people comprise one of the building blocks of human conduct and experience. After four decades of research, the topic of social comparison is more popular than ever. In this timely handbook a distinguished roster of researchers and theoreticians describe where the field has been since its development in the early 1950s and where it is likely to go next.

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Overview

Comparison of objects, events, and situations is integral to judgment; comparisons of the self with other people comprise one of the building blocks of human conduct and experience. After four decades of research, the topic of social comparison is more popular than ever. In this timely handbook a distinguished roster of researchers and theoreticians describe where the field has been since its development in the early 1950s and where it is likely to go next.

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The editors, Suls (psychology, U. of Iowa) and Wheeler (psychology, U. of New South Wales, Australia) open the volume with a history of the study of social comparison, including developments during the 1980s and 1990s. The following 20 papers are devoted to foundations of social comparison, related social phenomena, and applications; a final commentary discusses moving beyond classic and Renaissance approaches. Most of the contributors are affiliated with psychology departments in the US (with a few from Canada, Germany, and Iceland). A sampling of topics: interpreting and inventing social reality, self-evaluation maintenance and evolution, lessons from basic research on judgment, and social comparison processes in health and illness. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461369035
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors. Preface.
Part I: Introduction. 1. A Selective History of Classic and Neo Social Comparison Theory; J. Suls, L. Wheeler.
Part II: Foundations of Social Comparison. 2. Interpreting and Inventing Social Reality: Attributional and Constructive Elements in Social Comparison; G.R. Goethals, W.M. Klein. 3. Stability of Related Attributes and the Inference of Ability through Social Comparison; W.P. Smith, G.B. Arkelsson. 4. 'Can I Do X?' Using the Proxy Comparison Model to Predict Performance; R. Martin. 5. Social Comparison and Influence in Groups; D.R. Forsyth. 6. Opinion Comparison: The Role of the Corroborator, Expert and Proxy in Social Influence; J. Suls. 7. Self-Evaluation Maintenance and Evolution; S.R.H. Beach, A. Tesser. 8. Individual Differences in Social Comparison; L. Wheeler. 9. Among the Better Ones: Upward Assimilation in Social Comparison; R.L. Collins. 10. Assimilative and Contrastive Emotional Reactions to Upward and Downward Social Comparison; R.H. Smith. 11. Examing Social Comparisons with the Test Selection Measure: Opportunities for the Researcher and the Research Participant; J.V. Wood. 12. Social Comparison: Lessons from Basic Research on Judgment; D.H. Wedell, A. Parducci. 13. Consequences of Social Comparison: Selective Accessibility, Assimilation, and Contrast; T. Mussweiler, F. Strack. 14. Evaluating Social Comparison Targets; M.D. Alicke. 15. Social Comparison, Affiliation, and Emotional Contagion Under Threat; J.A. Kulik, H.I.M. Mahler.
Part III: Related Social Phenomena. 16. The Projective Perception of the Social World: A Building Block of Social Comparison Processes; J. Krueger. 17. Social Judgment as Implicit Social Comparison; D. Dunning. 18. Comparing Comparisons: An Integrative Perspective on Social Comparisons and Counterfactual Thinking; J.M. Olson, et al.
Part IV: Applications. 19. Social Identity and Social Comparison; M.A. Hogg. 20. Social Comparison and Fairness: A Counterfactual Simulations Perspective; R. Folger, E.E. Kass. 21. Social Comparison Processes in Health and Illness; H. Tennen, et al.
Part V: Commentary. 22. Toward an Enlightenment in Social Comparison Theory: Moving Beyond Classic and Renaissance Approaches; F.X. Gibbons, B.P. Buunk.
Author Index. Subject Index.

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