The Breadth and Scope of Positive Asymmetry

Karen A. Cerulo

in Never Saw It Coming

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226100326
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226100296 | DOI:
The Breadth and Scope of Positive Asymmetry

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This chapter analyzes the breadth and scope of the so-called positive asymmetry and explores the ways in which both cultural and social factors influence the consequences of the label “worst.” It identifies the myriad of places and times in which positive asymmetry has informed groups' and communities' perceptions of the world. This chapter argues that the inability to see the worst is not confined to any particular context or any single person or personality type and that it can be found at all levels of interaction whether interpersonal, group, organizational, and cultural.

Keywords: positive asymmetry; worst; cultural factors; social factors; perceptions of the world; personality type; interaction

Chapter.  22771 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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