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About the PSI Network

PSI was launched for one reason—to connect researchers from different fields who share a common interest in power, status, and influence. These three topics have long captured the attention of academic scholars and continue to inspire empirical work across many disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, and biology). Much of this work examines the cognitive and social psychology of power and status dynamics present in diverse populations, ranging from investment bankers to Capuchin monkeys. Taken together, the insights drawn from this body of research are fundamental and its implications are far-reaching.

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RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences



RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

Status: What Is It, and Why Does It Matter for Inequality?

Edited by

Cecilia L. Ridgeway
Stanford University

Hazel Rose Markus
Stanford University

Status can be defined simply as a comparative social ranking on the basis of esteem, honor, prestige, and respect which creates a form of inequality and hierarchy among those ranked. This simple definition, however, leaves unanswered complex questions about what status really is as a social process and why scholars of inequality should be concerned with it. For instance, what do we make of evidence that concerns about status are often as or more powerful motivators for life decisions than economic incentives? Why is it that threats to status foster conflicts and undermine performance, health and well-being? And why and how does status matter for broader patterns of inequality in society based on valued life outcomes such as wealth, power, and health? The proposed issue grows from the need for a deeper story about what the nature of status inequality is and how it works that will allow us to address such questions.

In this issue, we invite theoretical and empirical papers that seek to enlarge our understanding of the nature and significance of status as a form of inequality and that illuminate the roles status plays in driving, maintaining, or changing inequality in wealth, power, or well-being in contemporary advanced industrial societies. We welcome papers from across the social sciences, including sociology, psychology, organizational behavior, economics, political science, and communications. Papers may employ a variety of methods and data from quantitative to qualitative. We are interested in papers that address any aspect of our general call but that, in particular, deepen our understanding of what status really is as a social process. In the link below we offer a list of questions and issues, organized into broad themes, that such papers might address. This list is suggestive only and is not meant to limit the topics papers might cover.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.

Anticipated Timeline

Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on April 7, 2020, to:

(NOTE that if you wish to submit an abstract and do not yet have an account with us, it can take up to 48 hours to get credentials, so please start your application at least two days before the deadline.)

All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted to will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. All questions regarding this issue should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and not to the email addresses of the editors of the issue.

A conference will take place at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City on February 26, 2021 (with a group dinner the night before). The selected contributors will gather for a one-day workshop to present draft papers (due a month prior to the conference (on 1/26/21) and receive feedback from the other contributors and editors. Travel costs, food, and lodging for one author per paper will be covered by the foundation. Papers will be circulated before the conference. After the conference, the authors will submit their revised drafts by 5/19/21. The papers will then be sent out to three additional scholars for formal peer review. Having received feedback from reviewers and the RSF board, authors will revise their papers by 11/1/21. The full and final issue will be published in the spring of 2022. Papers will be published open access on the RSF website as well as in several digital repositories, including JSTOR and UPCC/Muse.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles.

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From Google Scholar

Results of search: ('social power' OR 'social status' OR 'influence' OR 'agency' OR 'control') AND ('psychology' OR 'sociology' OR 'anthropology' OR 'political science' OR 'government' OR 'economics')

Conspiracy theory beliefs and worldviews: a mixed-methods approach exploring the psychology of monologicality, dialogicality and belief development

MS Hall - 2020

… beliefs and worldviews: a mixed-methods approach exploring the psychology of monologicality … PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) … endorsement, to fully monological worldviews premised upon …

[PDF]Performance of Regional Government-Linked Companies in Indonesia: The Influence of State Audit Board and Regulations

DD Amdanata, N Mansor - Jurnal Pengurusan (UKM Journal of Management), 2020

ABSTRACT Regional Government-Linked Companies (RGLCs) in Indonesia have suffered from the unhealthy image and loss of respect from the public. The RGLCs are incapable of independently running the companies without financial support from …

Examinations of Change in Inhibitory and Initiatory Self-Control in the Context of Endurance Running

J Shubert, B Houltberg, J Ratchford, S Schnitker - … of Applied Sport Psychology, 2020

Endurance activities provide a key context for positive development. Using data from a longitudinal study of 398 adolescents and emerging adults participating in a charity marathon event, this study examined the multidimensionality of self-control …

[PDF]Trust in government and its associations with health behaviour and prosocial behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic

Q Han, B Zheng, M Cristea, M Agostini, J Belanger… - 2020

… 5. Department of Psychology, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab … Each item individually; mean of the first four items (prosocial behaviour on disease control), the last four … country-based mitigation measures …

Managing Government Agencies with Open Labor Markets

P Cappelli - Employee Inter-and Intra-Firm Mobility, 2020

… order to get the right kind of employee to stay in the face of “meddling” by political bosses and to keep making agency-specific investments … For those interested in the practice of government or in authority in other contexts …

[PDF]Special topic: when sovereigns default, how big a share of government debt is involved?

D Beers, E Jones, J Walsh - 2020

… In a few cases where those data are unavailable—including Cambodia, Georgia and Mauritius—we use general government debt as a proxy because borrowing is largely under the control of the national government. There …

[HTML]Module 11: Non-Conformity and Social Control: Criminal and Social Justice

S Robertson - Foundations in Sociology I, 2020

The TV character Dexter, looking at blood splatter on a wall. Figure 11.1. Psychopaths and sociopaths are some of the star deviants in contemporary popular culture. What makes them so appealing as fictional characters? DEXTER by pimkie …

New business models and government features: an example from China

H Bao, X Hu, L Si - Asia Pacific Business Review, 2020

… 2012), who analysed the business model of New York City's economic development agency, and Ranerup … Model 3 shows the regression results on the effect of control variables … In public infrastructure service industries …