A Theory of Social Behaviour

By Helmut Schoeck


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.


Dec 1987 | 6 x 9 | 464 Pages

Bibliography, index to names and subjects.


978-0-86597-064-9 Paperback