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Essentials of Social Psychology
An Indian Perspective

ISBN 9781032292786
Published August 30, 2022 by Routledge
562 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Essentials of Social Psychology: An Indian Perspective offers a comprehensive introduction to social psychology with a focus on the cultural and social fabric of Indian society. Split into five sections, the book covers the nature, scope, history and methods of social psychology; individual level processes; interpersonal level processes; social processes; group processes; and social issues.

The authors, S.K. Mangal and Shubhra Mangal, address the latest research trends, and offer a varied insight into a range of topics including social influence, social exchange processes, group dynamics, aggression, prejudice and attitudes. The book also examines topical themes and includes two chapters on social issues facing contemporary Indian society. While highlighting significant Indian research contributions and including examples and case studies from an Indian context, this book goes on to examine the discipline in the context of the socio-psychological background of this subcontinent. Complex concepts are clearly explained and the book aids student learning through useful pedagogical features such as assessment questions, case studies, chapter summaries and boxed key points.

Covering all the core topics within social psychology, this is an essential textbook for graduate or undergraduate courses in social psychology, social work, social neuroscience, community medicine or public health. In addition, it’s also a useful introduction for those taking the Psychology option for the Indian and Provincial Civil Services and other competitive examinations.

Table of Contents


About the Authors

Unit I: Nature, Scope, History and Methods of Social Psychology

CHAPTER 1: Social Psychology: Meaning, Nature and Scope

CHAPTER 2: Origin and History of Social Psychology

CHAPTER 3: Relationship of Social Psychology With Other Social Sciences and Related Branches of Psychology

CHAPTER 4: Methods of Research or Investigation in Social Psychology

Unit II: Individual Level Processes

CHAPTER 5: Social Cognition

CHAPTER 6: Social Perception

CHAPTER 7: Self-Perception

CHAPTER 8: Attitudes-Concept, Formation and Measurement

CHAPTER 9: Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination

Unit III: Interpersonal and Social Processes

CHAPTER 10: Social Influence

CHAPTER 11: Social Exchange Process

CHAPTER 12: Interpersonal Attractions and Relationships

CHAPTER 13: Altruism and Pro-Social Behaviour

Unit IV: Socialization and Societal Processes

CHAPTER 14: Socialization-Concept, Theories and Agents

CHAPTER 15: Social Change-Meaning, Nature and Mechanism

CHAPTER 16: Social Integration-Concept and Mechanism

Unit V: Group Level Processes

CHAPTER 17: Group Dynamics and Group Behaviour

CHAPTER 18: Leaders and Leadership

Unit VI: Social Issues and Social Psychology

CHAPTER 19: Aggression and Violence

CHAPTER 20: Alcoholism, Drug Addiction and Criminal Behaviour

CHAPTER 21: Other Social Issues and Problems



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S.K. Mangal, PhD (Education), is the former principal, professor and the head of the Department of Post Graduate Studies at C. R. College of Education, Rohtak, Haryana. He has authored several books associated with pure and applied aspects of psychology, including, Advanced Educational Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology and Development, Psychology of Learning and Development, and Sports Psychology. With emotional intelligence and teacher adjustment as his areas of interest, he has also devised various educational and psychological tests including the Emotional Intelligence Inventory and Teacher Adjustment Inventory.

Shubhra Mangal, PhD (Education), is the former principal, professor and the head of the Department of Post Graduate Studies, C. R. S. College of Education, Noida. She has authored a number of books related to pure and applied aspects of the subject of psychology which include Introductory Psychology, Our Life and Psychology, Emotional Intelligence: Managing Emotions to Win in Life, Research Methodology in Behavioural Sciences and Psychology of Learning and Development. She has also contributed to the field with her Emotional Intelligence Inventory for the measurement of emotional intelligence of school teachers. The areas of her research interests include emotional intelligence and teacher education.