For the first time in the history of social psychology, we have a handbook on the history of social psychology. In it, leading luminaries in the field present their take on how research in their own domains has unfolded, on the scientists whose impact shaped the research agendas in the different areas of social psychology, and on events, institutions and publications that were pivotal in determining the field’s history.
Social psychology’s numerous subfields now boast a rich historical heritage of their own, which demands special attention. The Handbook recounts the intriguing and often surprising lessons that the tale of social psychology’s remarkable ascendance has to offer. The historical diversity is the hallmark of the present handbook reflecting each of this field’s domains unique evolution.
Collectively, the contributions put a conceptual mirror to our field and weave the intricate tapestry of people, dynamics and events whose workings combined to produce what the vibrant discipline of social psychology is today. They allow the contemporary student, scholar and instructor to explore the historical development of this important field, provide insight into its enduring aims and allow them to transcend the vicissitudes of the zeitgeist and fads of the moment.
The Handbook of the History of Social Psychology provides an essential resource for any social psychologist’s collection.
"An excellent resource for one preparing a graduate or advanced undergraduate survey of social psychology. It should also be a major reference for researchers looking for a comprehensive treatment of any of a variety of potential domains." - Thomas P. Cafferty, University of South Carolina, USA, in The Journal of Social Psychology
"This is a rich assortment of contributions to mapping the history of social psychology and an essential contribution to the field’s capacity to understand itself. Sometimes it seems that social psychology lurches from one topic and fad to another. In this book, one can appreciate how the scientific study of social life has moved steadily forward, accumulating and refining methods and building toward a profound understanding of human interaction. This wonderful book will be deeply enlightening to anyone interested in social psychology, from beginning students to advanced scholars." - Roy F. Baumeister, Ph.D., Florida State University, USA
"An intimate knowledge of history is essential for the progress of any science, and is especially so for a field like social psychology. Yet we have long lacked a comprehensive volume covering the history of our field. This landmark book fills an important gap in the literature. The chapters, written by a stellar group of international contributors, offer a detailed review of the history of our discipline that is encyclopaedic and scholarly, yet highly readable and even entertaining. The coverage is comprehensive, covering all the major research domains of social psychology. I am sure that this seminal book will become an essential reference work for anybody teaching and doing research in social psychology, and should be required reading for all undergraduate and graduate students in the field for many years to come." - Joseph Paul Forgas, Ph.D., Scientia Professor of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Australia
"The greatest asset of this volume is that the authors are themselves social psychologists who identify with the discipline and participated to its amazing growth. Consequently, the chapters provide more than just historical background data. They afford a treasure trove of meta-theoretical insights, conveying deeper understanding of theories and research paradigms than can be gained from journals and textbooks. Scientists and students who have not yet discovered the historical perspective may become converts through this remarkable handbook." - Klaus Fiedler, Ph.D., Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
Preface. Part 1: Introduction. A.W. Kruglanski, W. Stroebe, The Making of Social Psychology. J. Morawski, The Importance of History to Social Psychology. Part 2: Approaches. D. Hilton, The Emergence of Cognitive Social Psychology: A Historical Analysis. M.S. North, S.T. Fiske, A History of Social Cognition. D.T. Kenrick, A.B. Cohen, A History of Evolutionary Social Psychology. J.T. Cacioppo, G.G. Berntson, J. Decety, A History of Social Neuroscience. K.J. Gergen, The Social Dimension of Social Psychology: A Historical Analysis. W.D. Crano, A. Lac, The Evolution of Research Methodologies in Social Psychology: A Historical Analysis. Part 3: Domains of Inquiry. A.S.R. Manstead, A History of Affect and Emotion Research in Social Psychology. E.T. Higgins, Motivation Science in Social Psychology: A Tale of Two Histories. J.R. Eiser, A History of Social Judgment Research. C.D. Batson, A History of Prosocial Behavior Research. L. Berkowitz, A History of Social Psychological Research on Aggression. P. Briñol, R.E. Petty, A History of Attitudes and Persuasion Research. R. Prislin, W.D. Crano, A History of Social Influence Research. P.A.M. Van Lange, A History of Interdependence: Theory and Research. H.T. Reis, A History of Relationship Research in Social Psychology. J.M. Levine, R.L. Moreland, A History of Small Group Research. J.F. Dovidio, A.-K. Newheiser, J.-P. Leyens, A History of Intergroup Relations Research. D.G. Pruitt, A History of Social Conflict and Negotiation Research. T.R. Tyler, A History of Justice and Morality Research. M. Biernat, K. Deaux, A History of Social Psychological Research on Gender. Y. Kashima, M.J. Gelfand, A History of Culture in Psychology.