An Atlas of Interpersonal Situations

An Atlas of Interpersonal Situations

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Harold Kelley
Cambridge University Press, 3/9/2010
EAN 9780521011808, ISBN10: 0521011809

Paperback, 520 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
Language: English

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'.

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.