264 pages | 40 B/W Illus.
This book offers a biographical account of Henri Tajfel, one of the most influential European social psychologists of the 20th century, offering unique insights into his ground-breaking work in the areas of social perception, social identity and intergroup relations.
The author, Rupert Brown, paints a vivid and personal portrait of Tajfel’s life, his academic career and its significance to social psychology, and the key ideas he developed. It traces Tajfel’s life from his birth in Poland just after the end of World War 1, his time as a prisoner-of-war in World War 2, his work with Jewish orphans and other displaced persons after that war, and thence to his short but glittering academic career as a social psychologist.
Based on a range of sources including interviews, archival material, correspondence, photographs, and scholarly output, Brown expertly weaves together Tajfel’s personal narrative with his evolving intellectual interests and major scientific discoveries. Following a chronological structure with each chapter dedicated to a significant transition period in Tajfel’s life, the book ends with an appraisal of two of his principal posthumous legacies: the European Association of Social Psychology, a project always close to Tajfel’s heart and for which he worked tirelessly; and the "social identity approach" to social psychology initiated by Tajfel over forty years ago and now one of the discipline’s most important perspectives.
This is fascinating reading for students, established scholars, and anyone interested in the history of social psychology and the life and lasting contribution of this celebrated scholar.
Chapter 1: Poland 1919-1937
Chapter 2: France, Germany and Austria, 1937-1945
Chapter 3: France, Belgium and Germany, 1945-1951
Chapter 4: London and Durham, 1951-1956
Chapter 5: Oxford, 1956-1966
Chapter 6: Palo Alto and early years at Bristol, 1966-1972
Chapter 7: Bristol 1972 – 1982
Chapter 8: The Tajfellian Legacy
The European Monographs in Social Psychology series is published in conjunction with the European Association of Social Psychology, to support authored books for advanced students covering social topics that promote a European intellectual perspective to the rest of the world.
The aim of this series is to publish and promote the highest quality of writing in European social psychology, and provide an outlet for new research in the field. At a time when cultural and political frontiers in Europe are being redrawn, there could hardly be a more appropriate time to promote a distinctively European intellectual perspective to the rest of the world. The editor and the editorial board encourage publications which approach social psychology from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and whose content may be applied, theoretical or empirical.