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Current Directions in Ostracism, Social Exclusion and Rejection Research

1st Edition

Edited by Selma Rudert, Rainer Greifeneder, Kipling Williams


224 pages

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This edited volume provides an up to date review of current research on ostracism, social exclusion, and rejection. The book shows why exclusion and rejection occur, how they affect the excluded individuals, and the consequences they might have for individuals and organizations.

Ostracism, social exclusion, and rejection are common phenomena, both at the individual level, such as ostracism in the classroom or at the workplace, as well as on a societal or even global scale, such as immigration or asylum policies. Examining key concepts such as the long-term effects of ostracism, the developmental and cultural perspective on ostracism, and the detrimental impact that social exclusion may have on individuals and societies, the authors provide an up-to-date overview of the research field and present new conceptual models and methodological approaches. Featuring discussion of promising areas, novel pathways for research, and cutting-edge developments, this is the most comprehensive bringing together of research on this topic.

The book gives both a broad state-of-the-art overview over the field as well as discussing cutting-edge ideas and promising areas for future research, it is essential for students, researchers of social psychology, and policy makers interested in this field.

Table of Contents

  1. Twenty Years of Rejection - Roy F. Baumeister
  2. Ostracism and Groups: Desires to Join, Intragroup and Intergroup Dynamics - Kipling D. Williams
  3. Common, Diverse, and Subtle Types of Social Exclusion - Eric Wesselmann
  4. Information processing and stereotyping following exclusion - Heather M. Claypool & Michael J. Bernstein
  5. Social norms affect individuals’ construal of ostracism and social exclusion - Rainer Greifeneder & Selma C. Rudert
  6. Social and personal implications of rejection sensitivity - Geraldine Downey & Michael J. Naft
  7. The face of ostracism: Integrating pupillometry and thermal facial responses - Ilja van Beest, Willem Sleegers
  8. Social Inclusion in the Information Age: Boom or Bust? - Cynthia L. Pickett & Jason Kowalczyk,
  9. Workplace Ostracism and Attributions - Sandra Robinson
  10. Facing threats of social exclusion: How to cope with ostracism and rejection - Paolo Riva,
  11. The role of self‐talk in regulating emotional responses to social threat - Ethan Kross
  12. Who’s to blame? Observers’ moral judgment and behavior in ostracism episodes - Selma C. Rudert & Rainer Greifeneder

About the Editors

Selma Carolin Rudert is a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Basel. She recently completed her Ph.D. and is continuing to research ostracism funded by a research grant from the University of Basel.

Rainer Greifeneder is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Basel. He has worked extensively in the areas of social cognition, group relations, and exclusion.

Kipling Williams is Professor of Psychology at Purdue University. He is noted for his influential work on ostracism and has developed unique methods to study the processes and consequences.

About the Series

Current Issues in Social Psychology

Current Issues in Social Psychology is a series of edited books that reflect the state of current and emerging topics of interest in social psychology.

Each volume makes a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing or synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions. The books are tightly focused on a particular topic and consists of seven to ten chapters contributed by international experts. The editors of individual volumes are leading figures in their areas and provide an introductory overview.

The series is useful reading for students, academics, and researchers of social psychology and related disciplines. Example topics include: self-esteem, mindfulness, evolutionary social psychology, minority groups, social neuroscience, cyberbullying and social stigma.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology