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Solidarity and Prosocial Behavior

An Integration of Sociological and Psychological Perspectives

  • Detlef Fetchenhauer
  • Andreas Flache
  • Bram Buunk
  • Siegwart Lindenberg


  • Offers a fresh look at the age old question: what makes people solidary, fair and cooperative on the one hand, and selfish on the other hand

  • The only book that looks at prosocial bahavior from a sociology and psychology viewpoint


Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Siegwart Lindenberg, Detlef Fetchenhauer, Andreas Flache, Bram Buunk
      Pages 3-19
  3. Micromechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Andreas Flache, Michael W. Macy
      Pages 45-60
    3. Detlef Fetchenhauer, David Dunning
      Pages 61-74
  4. Personality and Socialization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Karen van der Zee, Marco Perugini
      Pages 77-92
  5. Social Context: Networks and Social Exchange

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Bram P. Buunk, Pieternel Dijkstra
      Pages 111-124
  6. Institutional Content

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Karin Sanders, Andreas Flache, Gerben van der Vegt, Evert van de Vliert
      Pages 141-156
    3. Linda Bridges Karr, Lucas C. P. M. Meijs
      Pages 157-172
  7. Cultural Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Evert van de Vliert, Siegwart Lindenberg
      Pages 207-222

About this book


The topic of prosocial behavior (e.g. fairness, solidarity, and altruism) has recently shifted back into the center of attention in a variety of disciplines, ranging from economics across sociology and psychology towards biology. It is now a well-accepted fact in all human sciences that human behavior is not always governed by egotism and selfish motives. Unfortunately, this does not explain why humans also act blatantly selfish and are blind to the suffering of others.

This book is a response to the quandary. It brings together leading researchers in sociology and psychology to explain human egotism and altruism using not only their area of study but also bringing in research from economics and biology. Since this work brings together the research of many different disciplines, a complete account of solidarity and prosocial behavior is presented.


Institution Integration Nation behavior conflict education human behavior interdependence personality psychology sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Detlef Fetchenhauer
    • 1
  • Andreas Flache
    • 1
  • Bram Buunk
    • 1
  • Siegwart Lindenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GroningenGroningenNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Solidarity and Prosocial Behavior
  • Book Subtitle An Integration of Sociological and Psychological Perspectives
  • Editors Detlev Fetchenhauer
    Andreas Flache
    Abraham Buunk
    Sigwaart Lindenberg
  • Series Title Critical Issues in Social Justice
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-28031-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-3916-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-28032-5
  • Series ISSN 1572-1906
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 250
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology, general
    Personality and Social Psychology
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