The Oxford Handbook of the Human Essence

ISBN : 9780190247577

John F. Dovidio; Martijn Van Zomeren
304 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Dec 2017
Oxford Library of Psychology
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Advances in social-psychological theorizing and research suggest that humans can be viewed as biological beings as well as cultural creatures, rational reasoners as well as emotional enigmas, moral minds as well as amoral agents. Edited by Martijn van Zomeren and John F. Dovidio, The Oxford Handbook of the Human Essence expertly articulates both what social psychology can tell us about the human essence, and the astonishing range of perspectives reflected within this field.


Preface; Chapter 1: Introduction: The Human Essence; John F. Dovidio and Martijn Van Zomeren; SECTION ONE: INDIVIDUALITY; Chapter 2: An Existential Psychological Perspective on the Human Essence; Daniel Sullivan and Roman Palitsky; Chapter 3: Masters of Our Universe: The Existential Animal; Travis Proulx; Chapter 4: Free Will and the Human Essence: Responsible Autonomy, Meaning and Cultural Participation; Roy F. Baumeister; Chapter 5: Essential Self-Evaluation Motives: Caring About Who We Are; Aiden P. Gregg and Constantine Sedikides; Chapter 6: The Tripartite Motivational Human Essence: Value, Control, and Truth Working Together; James F.M. Cornwell and E. Tory Higgins; Chapter 7: People as Penguins: Thermoregulation as Part of the Human Essence; Hans IJzerman and Lotje J. Hogerzeil; Chapter 8: The Obviousness and Obvious Limits of Individuality as Human Essence; Martijn van Zomeren; SECTION TWO: SOCIALITY; Chapter 9: Prosocial Behavior as a Human Essence; David A. Schroeder and William G. Graziano; Chapter 10: The Human Essence in Helping Relations: Belongingness, Independence and Status; Arie Nadler; Chapter 11: Does Aggression Make us Human?; Joseph A. Vandello and Curtis Puryear; Chapter 12: Morality and Social Identity; Naomi Ellemers; Chapter 13: Justice and Human Essence; Tom R. Tyler; Chapter 14: Biology as Destiny or as Freedom? On Reflexivity, Collectivity and the Realization of Human Potential; Stephen Reicher; Chapter 15: Six Social Elements in Search of an Essence; Roger Giner-Sorolla; SECTION THREE: CULTURAL EMBEDDEDNESS; Chapter 16: Talking about Humanness: Is Human Essence Talk a Human Essence?; Yoshihisa Kashima; Chapter 17: Promotion or Preventing Change Through Political Participation: About Political Actors, Movements, and Networks; Bert Klandermans; Chapter 18: Values and the Human Being; Jan Cieciuch and Shalom H. Schwartz; Chapter 19: The Relational Essence of Cultural Psychology: Decolonizing Love and (Well-) Being; Glenn Adams, Sara Estrada-Villalta, and Tugce Kurtis; Chapter 20: Human Essence: Toward a Relational Reconstruction; Kenneth J. Gergen; Chapter 21: Human Essences and Cultural Embeddedness: A Gene-Culture Co-Evolution Perspective; Ronald Fischer; Chapter 22: Human Essence in Conclusion: Why Psychology Needs a Bigger Picture and Some Suggestions on How to Get There; Martijn van Zomeren and John F. Dovidio

About the author: 

Martijn van Zomeren is Professor of Cultural and Political Psychology of Social Relationships at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He received his PhD cum laude from the University of Amsterdam in 2006, received various dissertation awards, early career awards, and grants, and is an international expert on collective action, activism and social change. The main theme in his work is the importance of theoretical integration in the various fields that he has contributed to, as reflected in his 2016 book, published by Cambridge University Press, entitled From Self to Social Relationships: An Essentially Relational Perspective on Social Motivation.; John F. (Jack) Dovidio, who received his PhD from the University of Delaware in 1977, is currently the Carl Iver Hovland Professor of Psychology and Public Health, as well as Dean of Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University. His research interests are in stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; social power and nonverbal communication; and altruism and helping. His scholarship focuses on understanding the dynamics of intergroup relations and ways to reduce intergroup bias and conflict.

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