The Psychology of Social Status

  • Joey T. Cheng
  • Jessica L. Tracy
  • Cameron Anderson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Theoretical Perspectives: The Nature of Social Status and Hierarchy

  3. Who Leads? Psychological Underpinnings of Status Attainment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Cameron Anderson, Jon Cowan
      Pages 99-117
    3. Sara Kafashan, Adam Sparks, Vladas Griskevicius, Pat Barclay
      Pages 139-158
    4. Mark R. Leary, Katrina P. Jongman-Sereno, Kate J. Diebels
      Pages 159-178
    5. Conor M. Steckler, Jessica L. Tracy
      Pages 201-224
  4. Intrapsychic and Interpersonal Consequences of Status

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Nathanael J. Fast, Priyanka D. Joshi
      Pages 227-242
  5. How Is Status Manifested in the Body?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Erik L. Knight, Pranjal H. Mehta
      Pages 269-301
    3. Narun Pornpattananangkul, Caroline F. Zink, Joan Y. Chiao
      Pages 303-323
    4. Judith A. Hall, Ioana Maria Latu, Dana R. Carney, Marianne Schmid Mast
      Pages 325-343

About this book


Given the far-reaching effects of status on human societies, understanding the psychology of social status is crucial. Across all societies, differences in social rank or status not only determine who leads and who follows, but also the ways in which individuals resolve conflicts, allocate goods and resources, and coordinate to achieve shared group goals.

The Psychology of Social Status outlines the foundational insights, key advances, and developments that have been made in the field thus far. The goal of this volume is to provide an in-depth exploration of the psychology of human status, by reviewing each of the major lines of theoretical and empirical work that have been conducted in this vein. Organized thematically, the volume covers the following areas:

 - An overview of several prominent overarching theoretical perspectives that have shaped much of the current research on social status.

 - Examination of the personality, demographic, situational, emotional, and cultural underpinnings of status attainment, addressing questions about why and how people attain status.

 - Identification of the intra- and inter-personal benefits and costs of possessing and lacking status.

- Emerging research on the biological and bodily manifestation of status attainment

- A broad review of available research methods for measuring and experimentally manipulating social status

 ​A key component of this volume is its interdisciplinary focus.  Research on social status cuts across a variety of academic fields, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, organizational science others; thus the chapter authors are drawn from a similarly wide-range of disciplines. Encompassing the current state of knowledge in a thriving and proliferating field, The Psychology of Social Status is a fascinating and comprehensive resource for researchers, students, policy-makers, and others interested in learning about the complex nature of social status, hierarchy, dominance, and power.


Dominance-Prestige theory benefits and costs of status emotional underpinnings of status attainment evolutionary origins of hierarchy evolutionary origins of human status hierarchies hierarchy in everyday personal relationships hormonal mechanism and social status individual differences in social rank influential group members interdisciplinary exploration of social status organizational behavior personal consequences of status rank-attainment processes status and competition status and neuroendocrinology

Editors and affiliations

  • Joey T. Cheng
    • 1
  • Jessica L. Tracy
    • 2
  • Cameron Anderson
    • 3
  1. 1.Haas School of BusinessUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Haas School of BusinessUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-0866-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-0867-7
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