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Envy up, scorn down : how status divides us, Susan T. Fiske

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Envy up, scorn down : how status divides us
Title
Envy up, scorn down
Title remainder
how status divides us
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Susan T. Fiske
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Language
eng
Summary
The United States was founded on the principle of equal opportunity for all, and this ethos continues to inform the nation's collective identity. In reality, however, absolute equality is elusive. The gap between rich and poor has widened in recent decades, and the United States has the highest level of economic inequality of any developed country. Social class and other differences in status reverberate throughout American life, and prejudice based on another's perceived status persists among individuals and groups. In this work the author, a social psychologist, examines the psychological underpinnings of interpersonal and intergroup comparisons, exploring why we compare ourselves to those both above and below us and analyzing the social consequences of such comparisons in day to day life. What motivates individuals, groups, and cultures to envy the status of some and scorn the status of others? Who experiences envy and scorn most? This book marshals recent psychological studies as well as findings based on years of the author's own research to address such questions. She shows that both envy and scorn have distinctive biological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral characteristics. And though we are all "wired" for comparison, some individuals are more vulnerable to these motives than others. Dominant personalities, for example, express envy toward high status groups such as the wealthy and well-educated, and insecurity can lead others to scorn those perceived to have lower status, such as women, minorities, or the disabled. She shows that one's race or ethnicity, gender, and education all correlate with perceived status. Regardless of whether one is accorded higher or lower status, however, all groups rank their members, and all societies rank the various groups within them. We rate each group as either friend or foe, able or unable, and accordingly assign them the traits of warmth or competence. The majority of groups in the United States are ranked either warm or competent but not both, with extreme exceptions: the homeless or the very poor are considered neither warm nor competent. Societies across the globe view older people as warm but incompetent. Conversely, the very rich are generally considered cold but highly competent. This book explores the nuances of status hierarchies and their consequences and shows that such prejudice in its most virulent form dehumanizes and can lead to devastating outcomes, from the scornful neglect of the homeless to the envious anger historically directed at Tutsis in Rwanda or Jews in Europe. Individuals, groups, and even cultures will always make comparisons between and among themselves. This book offers an examination of drives we all share and the prejudice that can accompany comparison. It shows that understanding envy and scorn, and seeking to mitigate their effects, can prove invaluable to our lives, our relationships, and our society
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Fiske, Susan T
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HN90.S6
LC item number
F57 2011
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Social classes
  • Class consciousness
  • Comparison (Psychology)
  • Equality
  • Envy
  • Class consciousness
  • Comparison (Psychology)
  • Envy
  • Equality
  • Social classes
  • Classes sociales
  • Comparaison (psychologie)
  • Klassenbewusstsein
  • Neid
  • Sozialpsychologie
  • Spott
  • United States
  • USA
Label
Envy up, scorn down : how status divides us, Susan T. Fiske
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Compare : envy and scorn divide us -- Signatures of envy and scorn : we know them when we see them -- Who cares about comparisons? -- Why? : comparison informs -- Why? : comparison protects us -- Why? : comparison helps us fit into our groups -- Getting beyond compare : how to transform envy and scorn
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 240 pages
Isbn
9780871544896
Lccn
2010050297
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)682894815
  • (OCoLC)ocn682894815
Label
Envy up, scorn down : how status divides us, Susan T. Fiske
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Compare : envy and scorn divide us -- Signatures of envy and scorn : we know them when we see them -- Who cares about comparisons? -- Why? : comparison informs -- Why? : comparison protects us -- Why? : comparison helps us fit into our groups -- Getting beyond compare : how to transform envy and scorn
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 240 pages
Isbn
9780871544896
Lccn
2010050297
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)682894815
  • (OCoLC)ocn682894815

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