Social Comparison and Social Psychology: Understanding Cognition, Intergroup Relations, and Culture

Social Comparison and Social Psychology: Understanding Cognition, Intergroup Relations, and Culture

By: Serge Guimond (editor)Hardback

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Much of our knowledge about ourselves, and about the world in which we live, is based on a process of social comparison. Our tendency to appraise events, objects, people, and social groups by making comparisons has captured the interest of social psychologists for over half a century. This volume provides an up-to-date synthesis of the latest theoretical and empirical developments in social psychology through research on social comparison processes. With chapters by leading theorists and internationally renowned researchers, it provides invaluable information on the role of this process of comparison as it occurs within a single individual over time, between individuals, and between social groups. It also features an original international study testing the universality of the effects of social comparison on the self. This book will appeal to scholars and students alike and will serve as an important reference for the study of cognition, intergroup relations and culture.

About Author

Serge Guimond is Professor of Psychology at the Universite Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France.


Part I. Cognition: Comparison Processes Within and Between Individuals: 1. Social comparison orientation: a new perspective: those who do, and those who don't compare with others Bram P. Buunk and Frederick X. Gibbons; 2. The why, who and how of social comparison: a social-cognition perspective Thomas Mussweiler, Katja Ruter and Kai Epstude; 3. Autobiographical memory, the self and comparison processes Rasyid Bo Sanitioso, Martin A. Conway, and Sophie Brunot; 4. Comparing oneself over time: the temporal dimension in social comparison Sandrine Redersdorff and Serge Guimond; Part II. Intergroup Relations: Comparison Processes Within and Between Groups: 5. Predicting comparison choices in intergroup settings: a new look Hanna Zagefka and Rupert Brown; 6. The variable impact of upward and downward social comparisons on self-esteem: when the level of analysis matters Delphine Martinot and Sandrine Redersdorff; 7. Attitudes toward redistributive social politicies: the effects of social comparisons and policy experience Donna M. Garcia, Nyla R. Branscombe, Serge Desmarais and Stephanie S. Gee; 8. Social comparison and group-based emotions Vincent Yzerbyt, Muriel Dumont, Bernard Mathieu, Ernestine Gordijn and Daniel Wigboldus; 9. The counter-intuitive effects of Relative Gratification on intergroup attitudes: ecological validity, moderators and mediators Michael Dambrun, Serge Guimond and Donald M. Taylor; 10. Social comparison and the personal-group discrimination discrepancy Muriel Dumont, Eleonore Seron, Vincent Yzerbyt and Tom Postmes; Part III. Cultures: Comparison Processes Within and Across Cultures: 11. Stereotype content across cultures as a function of group status Susan T. Fiske and Amy J. C. Cuddy; 12. The cultural norm of individualism and group status: implications for social comparisons Fabio Lorenzi-Cioldi and Armand Chatard; 13. Ambivalent sexism, power distance, and gender inequality across cultures Peter Glick; 14. Social comparisons across cultures I: gender stereotypes in high and low power distance cultures Michael Desert and Jacques Philippe Leyens; 15. Social comparisons across cultures II: change and stability in self-views - experimental evidence S. Guimond, A. Chatard, N. R. Branscombe, S. Brunot, B. P. Buumk, M.A. Conway, R. Crisp, M. Dambrun, M. Desert, D. M. Garcia, S. Haque, J-P. Leyens, F. Lorenzi-Cioldi, D. Martinot, S. REdersdorff and V. Yzerbyt.

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  • ISBN13: 9780521845939
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 370
  • ID: 9780521845939
  • weight: 710
  • ISBN10: 0521845939

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