PSI Conference 2020

22-23 March 2020, Melbourne, Australia

The PSI Conference comes to Australia for the first time, showcasing Melbourne and our university to an elite international academic audience, and offering our university and business community the chance to interact with globally-known experts, authors, and TED speakers...

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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')

[PDF]Objectivity and falsehood: assessing measures of positional influence with members of David Cameron's cabinets

N Siklodi, N Allen - British Journal of Politics & International Relations, 2020

… framework for analysing ministers' influence in government on the basis of their memberships of cabinet committees … influence than their ministerial representation in the government. Page 5 of 34 The British Journal of Politics and International Relations …

The Political Economy of the Allocation of State Government Expenditures for the Industrial Sector

A Kato, A Fukumi - Accelerators of India's Growth—Industry, Trade and …, 2020

… their interests often conflict, so it is important to explore allocation of government expenditures from … a single country, which follow more or less uniform formal rules, we can control for the … Therefore, we can more precisely …

Use of rabbits as an alternative host for quality control of combined bovine enteric vaccine.

AA El-Kholy, EL El-Sayed, EF El-Sergany, WM Ghatas… - International Journal of …, 2019

This endeavor addresses the utility of rabbits versus susceptible calves, for relative potency evaluation of a newly prepared combined inactivated oil adjuvanted vaccine containing: Bovine Rotavirus, Bovine Coronavirus …

Power in Modernity: Agency Relations and the Creative Destruction of the King's Two Bodies

IA Reed - 2020

… a certain anticipation of the idea of linking power, action, and agency problems in … Actors also access capacity, leverage, and even sometimes control, turn- ing relationships with rectors to … A rector might experience anxiety …

Performance Assessment of Generic and Domain-Specific Skills in Higher Education Economics

MT Nagel, O Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, S Schmidt… - Student Learning in German …, 2020

… as completed com- mercial or vocational training, were surveyed as well as they might influence task performance … Additionally, for a domain-specific compar- ison, a control group of students with different major subjects … Journal …

[HTML]Kaizen Dissemination Through the Government and Private Sector in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Study of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar

T Homma - Workers, Managers, Productivity, 2020

… Development and Productivity Center (TMDPC) established by the Thai government in 1962 at … to quality improvement through the International Convention on Quality Control Circles (ICQCC) and … Under its ODA program …

Research on Confirming the Rights of Government Data Resources based on Smart Contract

S Lin, J Li, X Jia, J Gong - … Technology, Electronic and Automation Control …, 2019

Rights confirmation is the prerequisite and a major problem in the sharing of government data resources. In the traditional sharing model, some problems restrict the sharing and opening of government data, such as unclear rights and …

A Cultural Perspective on Functional Limitations and Well-Being

JH Choi, Y Miyamoto, CD Ryff - Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2020

… Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Contents … A Cultural Perspective on Functional Limitations and Well-Being. Jeong Ha Choi, Yuri Miyamoto, and Carol D. Ryff. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 0 10.1177/0146167220905712. Download Citation …