Agency and Communion in Social Psychology
(Current Issues in Social Psychology)
Abele, Andrea E. (EDT)
Wojciszke, Bogdan (EDT)
185 p. 23 cm
Examines the different perspectives of the agency-communion framework in relation to evolutionary psychology, social cognition, and applied contexts.
What are the ultimate motives that instigate individuals' behaviours? What are the aims of social perception? How can an individuals' behaviour be described both from the perspective of the actor and from the perspective of an observer? These are the basic questions that this book addresses using its proposed agency-communion framework. Agency (competence, assertiveness) refers to existence of an organism as an individual, to "getting ahead" and to individual goal-pursuit; communion (warmth, morality) refers to participation of an individual in a larger organism, to "getting along" and to forming bonds. Each chapter is written by experts in the field and use the agency-communion framework to explore a wide variety of topics, such as stereotypes, self-esteem, personality, power, and politics. The reader will profit from the deep insights given by leading researchers. The variety of theoretical approaches and empirical contributions shows that the parsimonious and simple structure of two types of content in behavior, motives, personality, self-concept, stereotypes, and more to build an overarching frame to different phenomena studied in psychology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Big Two of Agency and Communion as an overarching framework in psychology Andrea E. Abele & Bogdan Wojciszke Connect and Strive to Survive and Thrive: The Evolutionary Meaning of Communion and Agency Todd Chan, Iris Wang, & Oscar Ybarra Agency and communion in social cognition Bogdan Wojciszke and Andrea E. Abele Warmth and Competence Are Parallels to Communion and Agency: Stereotype Content Mode Susan T. Fiske Agency and Communion in Self-Concept and in Self-Esteem A. E. Abele & N. Hauke, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany Agentic and Communal Social Motives Kenneth D. Locke The Big Two Dimensions of Desirability D. L. Paulhus Agency and Communion in Grandiose Narcissism Jochen E. Gebauer and Constantine Sedikides Agency and Communion: Their Implications for Gender Stereotypes and Gender Identities Sabine Sczesny, Christa Nater, & Alice H. Eagly Dimensional Comparison Theory and the Agency-Communion Framework Friederike Helm & Jens Moeller The dimensional compensation model: Reality and strategic constraints on warmth and competence in intergroup perceptions Vincent Yzerbyt Power, Self-Focus and the Big Two Aleksandra Cislak and Aleksandra Cichocka The "Big Two" in Citizens' Perception of Politicians Susanne Bruckmuller & Nicole Methner Rethinking the nature and relation of fundamental dimensions of meaning Alex Koch and Roland Imhoff