Social Psychology Matters by Wendy Hollway

Social Psychology Matters

byWendy Hollway, Helen Lucey, Ann Phoenix

Paperback | December 1, 2006

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Social Psychology Matters explores the significance of social psychology in the twenty-first century and the important contribution it can and does make to understanding ourselves and others in today’s world. This book is designed to help the reader navigate the complex and ever-changing nature of the discipline and gain an overview of the key concepts, methods and theories.

The authors adopt a broad approach to trace the roots and legacies of social psychology with a keen eye to the future. Each chapter provides an in-depth look at a social psychological topic of significance, ranging from self and conflict to families and embodiment.

Four theoretical perspectives – cognitive social, discursive psychological, phenomenological and social psychoanalytic – enable students to critically analyse social psychological research.

These perspectives are interpreted through the interrogative themes of:

  • Individual–society dualism
  • Agency–structure dualism
  • Situated knowledges
  • Power relations

    This stimulating and accessible text uses real-life experience to demonstrate why social psychology matters and how our understanding of these topics can be continually enhanced and constructively applied.

About The Author

Wendy Hollway is Professor of Psychology, Helen Lucey is a Lecturer in Psychology, and Ann Phoenix is Professor of Social and Developmental Psychology, all at The Open University.
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Title:Social Psychology MattersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 3.82 × 2.95 × 0.25 inPublished:December 1, 2006Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335221033

ISBN - 13:9780335221035

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Navigating social psychology

Social psychology: Past and present
Methods and knowledge in social psychology
Families
Emotion
Self
Prejudice, conflict and conflict reduction
Embodiment
Conclusion: Social psychology matters

Acknowledgements
Index