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21 Dec 2011 1405873930 978-1405873932 1

Social Psychology: Traditional and Critical Perspectives addresses the key issues in social psychology – such as prejudice, aggression, conformity, persuasion, attraction, relationships and prosocial behaviour – in a bold and innovative way. 

As well as providing detailed coverage of classic and contemporary ‘mainstream’ research, this book engages with ‘critical’ literature – bringing to the textbook the sort of debates that can be found in social psychology conferences, journals and specialist texts.  In addition, the book goes beyond simply describing research findings – it critically evaluates the research it covers, supporting your own critical engagement with the literature.


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (21 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405873930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405873932
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hi - thanks for your interest in this book.

I have been teaching and researching social psychology at Roehampton University for about 20 years. This book arose because during that time I felt a frustration with social psychology textbooks - in fact, perhaps unfairly, with rare exceptions I didn't actually like them.

I felt that the world of social psychology in journals and conferences was alive with debate and diverse perspectives - lots of work within and beyond the discipline of psychology was leading to lively exchanges and new ways of doing social psychology - but the textbooks did little to reflect this. At the risk of a sweeping generalisation I felt that those textbooks that offered fairly comprehensive coverage of the key social psychology topics tended to include little, if any, of the 'critical' literature - the sort of work that can challenge and question many of the assumptions and implications within psychology in general and social psychology in particular. These texts also typically did little to encourage or illustrate 'critical evaluation' - something undergraduate students in psychology are typically asked to do in their essays. This was really frustrating as far from illustrating how students should engage with the literature - the descriptive, uncritical approach of so many social psychology text books often did the opposite.

This books endeavours to engage seriously with classic and contemporary 'mainstream' social psychology literature as well as some of the different critical contributions. It also tries to demonstrate critical evaluation of all of the literature that it covers. I have really enjoyed being involved with this vibrant, uncertain, ever-changing discipline which addresses such a massive range of questions about what happens between people, I sincerely hope that this book can add to your active engagement and enjoyment and can encourage you in developing your unique participation in and contribution to social psychology.



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"This is a ground breaking text and an important marker in the history of social psychology" - Ken Gergen, Swarthmore College, USA

"This is no ordinary textbook: Dickerson brings a fresh and critical reading of social psychology’s central topics by placing readers in the box seat of both classic and new research in the discipline.  Instead of the conventional and ‘potted’ versions of classic experiments that have come to define social psychology, Dickerson brings them to life by providing nuanced detail much of which has been lost or forgotten over the years. The reader is provided with a sense of ‘being there’ in the experimental moment, an invaluable learning resource for students.  This is thoughtfully contrasted to critical and discursive approaches that challenge taken-for-granted concepts and methods." - Professor Martha Augoustinos, University of Adelaide

 

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"Finally a textbook of social psychology that does justice to the different strands of contemporary work.  It is very clearly written with an engaging style that brilliantly overviews a range of sometimes difficult ideas . . . sophisticated, scholarly and bang up to date.”  Professor Jonathan Potter, Loughborough University

“Exceptional in every respect.  It explores the key topics at the heart of the discipline and conveys a clear sense of how they may be conceptualised and investigated from different standpoints and perspectives.  The text brings to life the diversity and controversy in contemporary theory and research.” Dr Nicholas Hopkins, University of Dundee

 

Why do people participate in unbelievable acts of human genocide and yet also show incredible kindness regardless of the cost to themselves? Why are people both obedient and disobedient even risking their own lives in the process?

What does social psychology have to say about these issues? Moreover, should we simply learn what social psychologists have said in an uncritical way or should we question the research findings that we encounter?

Social Psychology: Traditional and Critical Perspectives addresses the key issues in social psychology – such as prejudice, aggression, conformity, persuasion, attraction, relationships and prosocial behaviour – in a bold and innovative way.  In addition to providing detailed coverage of classic and contemporary ‘mainstream’ research, this book engages with ‘critical’ literature – bringing to the textbook just the sort of debates that can be found in social psychology conferences, journals and specialist texts.

Key features of Social Psychology: Traditional and Critical Perspectives

  • Critical Recap sections support your critical evaluation of the literature.
  • Contributions and tips from Key Researchers within social psychology.
  • Focus boxes in each chapter give you more detail about important contributions to social psychology.
  • Links to real life news events used throughout the text.
  • Annotated lists of useful references and websites for each chapter to support your further reading and thinking about the issues covered.

Dr Paul Dickerson is Principal Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton.

This book is supported by a companion website which provides further review questions, summaries of the key debates and podcasts. Visit the website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/dickerson

 


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical 27 Feb 2012
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Social Psychology: Traditional and Critical Perspectives is an excellent book for those who are keen to gain an understanding of how Social Psychologists perceive our interactions with the world and how, this interaction, has contributed to shape ourselves. The book is a very engaging narrative that brings contemporary situations to demonstrate to the reader how situations from our daily life can be used to understand Social Psychology's theories. As a psychology student, it provoked me to think about the contributions and limitations of important works that has been carried out in this field, and to have an overall idea about how, well-known researchers of Social Psychology have developed their research agenda. I found it comprehensive with a good structure, covering earlier research to the later. I am very happy with this book and I would strongly recommend it to anyone that has an interest in Social Psychology.
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Social Psychology: Traditional and Critical PerspectivesI recently brought this book to help with my Psychology studies and have found it to be invaluable, it has a wealth of information in one place, that would take weeks to acquire. I would highly recommend this book to any Psychology student it will give you all the right information and references to complete your studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on social psychology 15 April 2013
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This is a really useful text for students and academics. It provides both traditional and critical social psychological perspectives and illoustrates the diversity within the discipline brilliantly. This is an essential text for anyone studying or researching social psychology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase. 24 Jan 2013
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Recommend this book to all psychology students- Easy to read, but includes all key concepts needed... Great for effective revision. Worth the money.
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