ferences will lead to a new sense of solidarity between poet and reader, for the poet refers to the reader as: "Hypocrite lecteur, mon semblable, moll frère" (p. 52).
This speculative essay is dedicated to the memory of Philip Brickman whose work on the avoidance of painful social comparisons and on the latent assumptions of relative deprivation theory figures prominently in the argument. Special thanks are extended to Martha Bays, Linnea Berg, Fay Cook, Christopher Jencks, Melvin M. Mark, Thomas F. Pettigrew, and Ronald Poulson for inciteful comments and to Kathleen McGraw, Dennis Rosenbaum, Diana T. Slaughter and Karl E. Taeuber for assistance during preparation of the paper.
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