The vast majority of research in social psychology focuses on momentary events: an attitude is changed, dissonance is reduced, a cognition is primed, and so on. Little attention is a paid to the unfolding of events over time, to social life as an ongoing process in which events are related in various ways as life unfolds. Originally published in 1984 Historical Social Psychology opens a space for theory and research in which temporal process is central. Contributors to this broad-ranging work provide a rich range of perspectives, from the theoretical to the methodological, from micro-sequences to the life-span, and from contemporary history to the long durée. Together, these authors set the stage for a major shift in the focus of social psychological inquiry.
Table of Contents
Preface Part I: Metatheory, Theory, and Method in Historical Social Psychology 1 Kenneth J. Gergen An introduction to historical social psychology 2 Jill G. Morawski Historiography as a metatheoretical text for social psychology 3 Harry F.M. Peeters Theoretical orientations in a historical psychology 4 Marianthi Georgoudi Modern dialectics in social psychology 5 Leon Rappoport Dialectical analysis and psychosocial epistemology 6 David A. Kenny and Donald T. Campbell Methodological considerations in the analysis of temporal data 7 Dean Keith Simonton Generational time-series analysis: a paradigm for studying sociocultural influences Part II: Diachronic Inquiry: From the Micro-Sequence to the Life-Span 8 Stuart Albert The sense of closure 9 Mary M. Gergen and Kenneth J. Gergen The social construction of narrative accounts 10 William McKinley Runyan Diverging life paths: their probabilistic and causal structure 11 Mary Gauvain, Irwin Altman, and Hussein Fahim Homes and social change: a case study of the impact of resettlement 12 Joseph Veroff The changing character of cultural dispositions: a social indicators approach Part III: Historical Inquiry 13 Paul F. Secord Love, misogyny, and feminism in selected historical periods: a social-psychological explanation 14 Jan E. Dizard and Howard Gadlin Family life and the marketplace: diversity and change in the American family 15 Daniel Stokols and Maryann Jacobi Traditional, present-oriented, and futuristic modes of group-environment relations 16 Thom Verhave and Willem van Hoorn The temporalization of the self 17 Colin Martindale The evolution of aesthetic taste 18 Peter Collett History and the study of expressive action Author index Subject index