Envy : A Theory of Social Behavior

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This classic study is one of the few books to explore extensively the many facets of envy--"a drive which lies at the core of man's life as a social being." Ranging widely over literature, philosophy, psychology, and the social sciences, Professor Schoeck-- a distinguished sociologist and anthropologist--elucidates both the constructive and destructive consequences of envy in social life. Perhaps most important, he demonstrates that not only the impetus toward a totalitarian regime but also the egalitarian impulse in democratic societies are alike in being rooted in envy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 30.48mm | 750g
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • bibliography, index
  • 0865970645
  • 9780865970649
  • 301,818

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An excellent and extremely valuable book. It is beautifully written and contains startling and enlightening information.

--Sir Karl R. Popper
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