1st Edition

Essentials of Social Psychology An Indian Perspective

By Shubhra Mangal, Shashi Mangal Copyright 2023
    562 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    562 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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




    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.