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Self-esteem is an academic and popular phenomenon, vigorously researched and debated, sometimes imbued with magical qualities, other times vilified as the bane of the West's preoccupation with self. Though thousands of articles have been devoted to the topic, and bookstores work to feed the public's appetite for advice on revealing, enhancing, and maintaining self-esteem, conflicting claims and findings have placed the field in disarray. In a very real sense, self-esteem is a victim of its own popularity. This book seeks to add clarity to a concept earlier examined by such notable self…mehr

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Self-esteem is an academic and popular phenomenon, vigorously researched and debated, sometimes imbued with magical qualities, other times vilified as the bane of the West's preoccupation with self. Though thousands of articles have been devoted to the topic, and bookstores work to feed the public's appetite for advice on revealing, enhancing, and maintaining self-esteem, conflicting claims and findings have placed the field in disarray. In a very real sense, self-esteem is a victim of its own popularity. This book seeks to add clarity to a concept earlier examined by such notable self theorists as Morris Rosenberg but eminently worthy of reexamination and extension. We do this by asking some leading thinkers on self-esteem theory, measurement, and application to assess what we know about self-esteem, link it to important aspects of society and the human experience, and position it for the twenty-first century.

Table of contents:
Part I. The Frame: 1. The future of self-esteem: an introduction Timothy J. Owens and Sheldon Stryker; 2. The self as social product and social force: Morris Rosenberg and the elaboration of a deceptively simple effect Gregory C. Elliot; Part II. Conceptual and Methodological Issues: 3. Theorizing the relationship between self-esteem and identity Laurie H. Ervin and Sheldon Stryker; 4. Measuring self-esteem: race, ethnicity, and gender considered Timothy J. Owens and Adam King; 5. The self-concept as a social force Viktor Gecas; 6. Self-certainty and self-esteem Ron Wright; Part III. Social and Life Course Contexts of Self-Esteem: 7. Self-esteem of children and adolescents David H. Demo; 8. Failure of the dream: notes for a research program on self-esteem and failed identity in adulthood Norman Goodman; 9. Self-esteem and work across the life course Carmi Schooler and Gary Oates; 10. Comfort with the self Roberta G. Simmons; Part IV. Self-Esteem and Social Inequalities: 11. Self-esteem and race Pamela Braboy Jackson and Sonia P. Lassiter; 12. Gender and self-esteem: narrative and efficacy in the negotiation of structural factors Anne Statham, Katherine Rhoades and Laura Wittman; 13. Bereavement and the loss of mattering Leonard I. Pearlin and Allen J. LeBlanc; 14. Self-esteem and social inequality L. Edward Wells; 15. Self-evaluation and stratification beliefs Matthew O. Hunt; Part V. Self-Esteem and Social Problems: 16. The science and politics of self-esteem: schools caught in the middle Martin V. Covington; 17. Self-esteem and deviant behavior: a critical review and theoretical integration Howard B. Kaplan; 18. Low self-esteem people: a collective portrait Morris Rosenberg and Timothy J. Owens.

An in-depth examination of self-esteem, this book looks carefully at the role of self-esteem in society and within and across various domains and contexts of the human experience. It serves as a comprehensive statement on self-esteem theory and research in the late twentieth century.

This work serves as a comprehensive statement on self-esteem theory and research in the late twentieth century.