This book is an in-depth examination of self-esteem--people's positive and negative evaluation of themselves as a person. Beginning with self-esteem's conceptualization and measurement, the book carefully examines the role of self-esteem in society and within and across various domains and contexts of the human experience. Inspired by the seminal work on self-esteem carried out by American social psychologist Morris Rosenberg, the book serves as a comprehensive statement on self-esteem theory and research in the late 20th century, with an eye toward the direction it will take in the 21st century.
List of contributors; 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 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 and Katherine Rhoades; 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; Index.
"Many collections are uneven in quality and contribute little to the advancement of their field. This one is an exception. There is much wheat and little chaff, and students of self-esteem will find stimulating insights and research findings in almost every chapter." Contemporary Sociology