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The Economic OtherInequality in the American Political Imagination$
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Meghan Condon and Amber Wichowsky

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226691732

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226691909.001.0001

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The Power of Social Comparison

The Power of Social Comparison

(p.184) Chapter 11 The Power of Social Comparison
The Economic Other

Meghan Condon

Amber Wichowsky

University of Chicago Press

The final chapter situates social comparison as an important power resource and asks whether the politics of social comparison can be altered to break the reinforcing cycle of inequality and political will. The authors theorize that political communication that encourages upward comparison, messages of solidarity, and long-term social contact and integration between people from different classes can disrupt the reinforcing cycle.

Keywords:   social comparison, power resource, inequality, reinforcing, political communication, solidarity, social contact, integration, politics, class

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