Handbook of Social Comparison: Theory and Research

Handbook of Social Comparison: Theory and Research

by Jerry Suls
     
 

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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

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461369035
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Series:
The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.05(d)

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