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Ostracism, Exclusion, and Rejection

ISBN 9781848725584
Published December 13, 2016 by Routledge
310 Pages

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Book Description

Ostracism, Exclusion, and Rejection examines research into the related phenomena of ostracism, exclusion and rejection. Most individuals have experienced both sides of the coin: being ostracized and ostracizing others. People experience mild forms of ostracism on a daily basis, but some endure years and decades of being the social outcast. How does it feel to be shunned, left out, not wanted? Research suggests that even the mildest and briefest forms of ostracism are painful and have downstream consequences to our feelings of social connection. Longer-term ostracism has devastating consequences on individuals’ health and well-being.

This innovative compilation covers how being cast out affects the brain and body chemistry, feelings and emotions, thoughts and beliefs, and behaviors. In addition to the primary focus on targets of ostracism, researchers also examine the motives and consequences of ostracizing. Social scientists from social psychology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, communication science, cross-cultural psychology, and anthropology tackle these questions with cutting-edge methods and provocative theories. A key volume for all in those fields, this book also presents applications from the schoolyard to the workplace, and sounds a much-needed call for further research on this universal behavior of all social animals.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview

Kipling D. Williams and Steve A. Nida

2. Ostracism: Being Ignored and Excluded

Dongning Ren, Andrew H. Hales, Kipling D. Williams

3. Alone and Impulsive: Self-regulatory Capacity Mediates and Moderates the Implications of Exclusion

Levi R. Baker and Roy F. Baumeister

4. Motivational and Emotional Aspects of Interpersonal Rejection: Twenty-five Years of Theory and Research

Mark R. Leary

5. The Shared Neural Substrates of Physical and Social Pain

Kristina Tchalova and Naomi I. Eisenberger

6. Acute and Chronic Physiological Consequences of Social Rejection

Ellie Shuo Jin, Robert A. Josephs

7. Only the Lonely: The Curious Case of Exclusion and Aggression

C. Nathan DeWall, Brian Enjaian, Sarah Beth Bell

8. Social Exclusion and the Self

Cynthia L. Pickett, Yanine D. Hess

9. Creating the Silence: Ostracism from the Perspective of the Source

Lisa Zadro, Alexandra Godwin, Elena Svetieva, Nisha Sethi, Rose Iannuzzelli, & Karen Gonsalkorale

10. Social Surrogates and Rejection: How Reading, Watching TV, and Eating Comfort Food Can Ease the Pain of Social Isolation

Shira Gabriel & Jennifer Valenti

11. Rejection in Romantic Relationships

Danu Anthony Stinson, John G. Holmes, Theresa H. He

12. Ostracism from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Juliette Schaafsma

13. Ostracism in Children and Adolescents

Steve A. Nida and Conway F. Saylor

14. Normative Exclusion and Attraction to Extreme Groups: Resolving Identity-Uncertainty

Michael A. Hogg & Joseph A. Wagoner

15. Workplace Ostracism

Sandra Robinson and Kira Schabram

16. Social Media and Ostracism

Peter Vorderer & Frank M. Schneider

17. Anthropological Aspects of Ostracism

Patrik Söderberg & Douglas P. Fry

18. Social Exclusion Research: Where Do We Go From Here?

Eric D. Wesselmann, Kipling D. Williams, & Steve A. Nida

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Kipling D. Williams is Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. His prior posts have been at Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales, the University of Toledo, and Drake University. His research focuses on ostracism and social influence.

Steve A. Nida is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a social psychologist whose research interests have also included helping behavior and sports psychology.


"This volume does a superb job of summarizing theoretical and empirical work on social marginalization. Written by leading researchers and spanning the physiological to the societal level of analysis, the volume is a key reference regarding ostracism, exclusion, and rejection." – John Levine, University of Pittsburgh, USA

"The list of contributors to this edited volume includes some of the most influential social scientists who have studied social ostracism. It represents a must-read for anyone interested in the scientific study of ostracism." – John B. Pryor, Illinois State University, USA

"Feelings of rejection and exclusion contribute greatly to individual misery and societal problems. This remarkably comprehensive edited volume presents the most important modern theories and research findings regarding the causes and consequences of such feelings." – Jeff Greenberg, University of Arizona, USA