1st Edition

Agency and Communion in Social Psychology

Edited By Andrea Abele, Bogdan Wojciszke Copyright 2019
    194 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    194 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Introduction: The Big Two of Agency and Communion as an overarching framework in psychology
    2. Andrea E. Abele & Bogdan Wojciszke

    3. Connect and Strive to Survive and Thrive:
      The Evolutionary Meaning of Communion and Agency
    4. Todd Chan, Iris Wang, & Oscar Ybarra

    5. Agency and communion in social cognition
    6. Bogdan Wojciszke and Andrea E. Abele

    7. Warmth and Competence Are Parallels to Communion and Agency: Stereotype Content Mode
    8. Susan T. Fiske

    9. Agency and Communion in Self-Concept and in Self-Esteem
    10. A. E. Abele & N. Hauke, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

    11. Agentic and Communal Social Motives
    12. Kenneth D. Locke

    13. The Big Two Dimensions of Desirability
    14. D. L. Paulhus

    15. Agency and Communion in Grandiose Narcissism
    16. Jochen E. Gebauer and Constantine Sedikides

    17. Agency and Communion: Their Implications for Gender Stereotypes and Gender Identities
    18. Sabine Sczesny, Christa Nater, & Alice H. Eagly

    19. Dimensional Comparison Theory and the Agency–Communion Framework
    20. Friederike Helm & Jens Möller

    21. The dimensional compensation model: Reality and strategic constraints on warmth and competence in intergroup perceptions
    22. Vincent Yzerbyt

    23. Power, Self-Focus and the Big Two
    24. Aleksandra Cislak and Aleksandra Cichocka

    25. The "Big Two" in Citizens’ Perception of Politicians
    26. Susanne Bruckmüller & Nicole Methner

    27. Rethinking the nature and relation of fundamental dimensions of meaning

    Alex Koch and Roland Imhoff


    Andrea E. Abele is a professor at Friedrich-Alexander University (Erlangen, Germany). Her research interests are social cognition and the fundamental dimensions of social judgment and behavior. She has published about 220 articles. She is a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Science and a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology.

    Bogdan Wojciszke is a professor at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Sopot, Poland). His research interests are social cognition and moral judgments and has published 11 books and over 160 papers. He is a full member of Polish Academy of Science and a fellow of Association for Psychological Science.