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Addressing an issue of central concern in social life, this authoritative book examines how having or lacking power influences the way individuals and groups think, feel, and act.
Ana Guinote, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at University College London, United Kingdom. Her research and publications focus on power, status, and minorities---in particular, how social asymmetries affect basic and high-order cognition, and how this in turn affects goal pursuit, social judgments, behavior variability, and responsiveness to situational affordances. Dr. Guinote is an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology and serves on the Steering Committee of the European Social Cognition Network. Theresa K. Vescio, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research and publications address the relation between power and the expression of sexism, racism, ageism, and heterosexism. Dr. Vescio is a recipient of the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, awarded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Division 9 of the American Psychological Association. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals in the field.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Power in Social Psychology
Concepts, Theoretical Perspectives, and Basic Mechanisms
Concepts and Historical Perspectives on Power
The Emergence of Simple and Complex Power Structures through Social Niche Construction
Dominance and Health: The Role of Social Rank in Physiology and Illness
Power in the Person: Exploring the Motivational Underground of Power
The Situated Focus Theory of Power
Power in Interaction: The Negotiation of a Shared Reality
Paradoxes of Power: Dynamics of the Acquisition, Experience, and Social Regulation of Social Power
Paradoxical Power Manifestations: Power Assertion by the Subjectively Powerless
Power and Social Perception
Legitimacy, Social Identity, and Power
Power as Charismatic Leadership: A Significant Opportunity (and a Modest Proposal) for Social Psychology Research
Power in Intergroup Relations
The System Justification Motive and the Maintenance of Social Power
Power and Racism
Power and Sexism
Immigration and Power
Social Class and Power
Power: New Understandings and Future Directions
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