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An Atlas of Interpersonal Situations

An Atlas of Interpersonal Situations


  • Date Published: March 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521812528

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  • The Atlas of Interpersonal Situations provides a systematic theoretical account for understanding the impact of situations on patterns of social interaction. Structured around descriptions of twenty-one of the most common situations that people encounter in everyday life, the authors aim to provide readers with the tools needed to understand how those situations influence interpersonal behavior. These descriptions are intended to be freestanding, each one providing analysis, research examples, and everyday descriptions of the prototypical situation. The authors build upon the tools of interdependence theory, which stresses the manner in which people's outcomes are determined by the structure of their interaction with each other. This analysis makes clear exactly what is 'social' about 'social psychology'.

    • With its unique structure, this atlas guides the intellectual traveler through the maze of interpersonal situations that constitute everyday life
    • Each entry can be read and understood on its own, and each is the result of the collective efforts of top scholars in the field
    • This is the first book to create a taxonomy of interpersonal situations
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    • Date Published: March 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521812528
    • length: 520 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 161 x 42 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 69 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction and Theory:
    1. Interpersonal situations: the context of social behavior
    2. Outcome interdependence
    3. Interaction conditions and person factors
    4. Exploring the geography of the outcome patterns
    Part II The Situations: Preface to the Entries for the Situations
    Single Component Patterns:
    1. Independence: we go our separate ways
    2. Mutual partner control: I scratch your back, you scratch mine
    3. Corresponding mutual joint control: getting in sync
    4. Conflicting mutual joint control: match or mismatch
    Two- and three-component patterns:
    5. The prisoner's dilemma: me versus we
    6. Threat: trading loyalty for justice
    7. Chicken: death before dishonor
    8. Hero: let's do it your way
    9. Conjunctive problems: together we can do it
    10. Disjunctive problems: either of us can do it
    11. Asymmetric dependence: you're the boss
    Time-extended patterns:
    12. Iterated prisoner's dilemma: united we stand, divided we fall
    13. Investment: building for the future
    14. Delay of gratification: resisting temptation
    Incomplete information situations
    15. Negotiation: can we agree on a deal?
    16. Encounters with strangers: lack of information about a partner
    17. Joint decisions under uncertainty: bird in the hand
    18. Twists of fate: coping with an uncertain future
    N-person Situations
    19. Third parties: effects of an outsider
    20. N-person prisoner's dilemma: tragedy of the commons
    Movement from one situation to another
    21. Movement among situations: where do we go from here?
    Part III. Epilogue.

  • Authors

    Harold H. Kelley, University of California, Los Angeles

    John G. Holmes, University of Waterloo, Ontario

    Norbert L. Kerr, Michigan State University

    Harry T. Reis, University of Rochester, New York

    Caryl E. Rusbult, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Paul A. M. Van Lange, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

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