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Group Processes

1st Edition

Edited by John M. Levine

Psychology Press

376 pages

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It is impossible to understand human behavior without understanding the critical role that groups play in people’s lives. Most of us belong to a range of formal and informal groups, including families, work teams, and friendship cliques. These groups absorb a great deal of our time and energy and are instrumental in satisfying our most fundamental needs. In addition, they connect us to larger social aggregates (e.g., political parties, business organizations, religious denominations) that influence our lives in important ways.

This volume provides a comprehensive overview of classic and contemporary issues in the field of group processes. Chapters are written by internationally known experts who have made major theoretical and empirical contributions to the study of groups. The broad and up-to-date coverage of the book makes it an essential resource for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, and practitioners. The volume will be of interest to scholars in various disciplines, including social and organizational psychology, sociology, communication, economics, and political science.

Table of Contents

R.L. Moreland, Composition and Diversity. J.R. Kelly, J.R. Spoor, Affective Processes. L.L. Thompson, J. Wang, B.C. Gunia, Negotiation. N.L. Kerr, Social Dilemmas. T.R. Tyler, Justice. J.M. Levine, R. Prislin, Majority and Minority Influence. R.S. Tindale, M. Talbot, R. Martinez, Decision Making. B.A. Nijstad, Performance. P.B. Paulus, H. Coskun, Creativity. M.A. Hogg, Leadership. D. Abrams, Social Identity and Groups. M. Van Vugt, T. Kameda, Evolution and Groups. J.F. Dovidio, S.L. Gaertner, E.L. Thomas, Intergroup Relations.

About the Editor

John Levine is Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist, Learning Research and Development Center, at the University of Pittsburgh. His current research interests include innovation in work teams, group reaction to deviance and disloyalty, majority/minority influence, conflict and learning, and group processes on the Internet.

About the Series

Frontiers of Social Psychology

Frontiers of Social Psychology is one of the field's most influential and distinguished book series. Each volume provides a rigorous and cutting-edge overview of the most recent theoretical, methodological, and practical developments in a substantive area of social psychology, in greater depth than is possible in general social psychology handbooks. Coverage includes major established topics and new and emerging areas. The Editors and contributors are all internationally renowned scholars, whose work is at the cutting-edge of research.

Scholarly, yet accessible, the volumes in the Frontiers series are an essential resource for senior undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, and practitioners, and are suitable as textbooks in advanced courses in specific sub-areas of social psychology.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology