The Handbook of Social Status Correlates summarizes findings from nearly 4000 studies on traits associated with variations in socioeconomic status. Much of the information is presented in roughly 300 tables, each one providing a visual snapshot of what research has indicated regarding how a specific human trait appears to be correlated with socioeconomic status. The social status measures utilized and the countries in which each study was conducted are also identified.
QUESTIONS ADDRESSED INCLUDE THE FOLOWING:
- Are personality traits such as extraversion, competitiveness, and risk-taking associated with social status?
- How universal are sex differences in income and other forms of social status?
- What is the association between health and social status?
- How much does the answer vary according to specific diseases?
- How well established are the relationships between intelligence and social status?
- Is religiosity associated with social status, or does the answer depend on which religion is being considered?
- Are physiological factors correlated with social status, even factors involving the brain?
- Finally, are there as yet any "universal correlates of social status"?
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About the Author
Anthony Hoskin is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Idaho State University. He received his PhD in Sociology in 1999 at the Sate University of New York in Albany, and has taught at universities in Pennsylvania, California, and Texas before returning to Pocatello, Idaho, his hometown. Professor Hoskin has published research on a variety of social topics, with most of it centered around the causes of crime and interpersonal violence.
Malini Ratnasingam completed her doctoral studies at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. She spent most of her career teaching social psychology at the University of Malaya until 2015. Since then, she has been teaching in the psychology program and pursuing various research interests at Heriot-Watt University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Table of Contents
1. Conceptualizing and Measuring Social Status 2. Demographic Factors 3. Family and Peer Factors 4. Personality and Behavioral Factors 5. Attitudes, Beliefs, and Preferences 6. Cognitive and Intellectual Factors 7. Mental Health and Illnesses 8. Physical Health and Illnesses 9. Biological Factors 10. Epilogue