"This book is a nice and well-chosen collection of readings on a topic that is long overdue - the implications that social comparisons may have for our relationships with others and for society. It is often assumed that social comparisons are something to be avoided but this book highlights how social life is impossible without social comparisons, and emphasizes that social comparisons may even be beneficial for social relationships and the community."
Abraham Buunk, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and University of Groningen
"This book takes a distinguished line of research in a new direction, emphasizing how social comparisons affect the group as well as the individual. Križan and Gibbons have done a good job of organizing the volume: it provides a multifaceted view of social comparison, showing how social comparisons can lead to disparities and group tensions but may also enhance bonding between individuals and groups. Communal Functions of Social Comparison should be read by clinical psychologists, social psychologists, and anyone whose work involves group processes. Both graduate students and seasoned researchers will find this book a rich source of ideas."
Thomas A. Wills, University of Hawaii Cancer Center
This volume identifies research relevant to the communal functions of social comparisons. Previous work in the area has concerned ways that people differ from one another, focusing on competition, independence, and self-esteem. This book, in contrast, presents an eclectic cross-section of research that illuminates the connective, cooperative, and participatory functions of social comparisons.