Unlike other texts for undergraduate sociological social psychology courses, this text presents the three distinct traditions in sociological social psychology—symbolic interactionism, social structure and personality, and group processes and structures—and emphasizes the different theoretical frameworks within which social psychological analyses are conducted within each research tradition. With this approach, the authors make clear the link between sociological social psychology, theory, and methodology. Students will gain a better understanding of how and why social psychologists trained in sociology ask particular kinds of questions; the types of research they are involved in; and how their findings have been, or can be, applied to contemporary societal patterns and problems.
This new, second edition includes the latest research on topics related to current events and changing societal patterns; more detailed discussions on intersectionality, social media, and contemporary social movements; as well as a new concluding chapter that asks students to reflect on what they have learned about sociological social psychology and its applicability to contemporary social issues. Engaging exercises and group activities are also embedded within in each chapter to enhance students’ understanding of key concepts, theories, methods and research findings within the field and how they relate to everyday life.
Part I: Theoretical Perspectives and Research Methods in Sociological Social Psychology Chapter 1: What is Sociological Social Psychology? Chapter 2: Research Methods in Sociological Social Psychology Chapter 3: Symbolic Interactionism and Related Perspectives Chapter 4: The Social Structure and Personality Perspective Chapter 5: Group Processes and Structure Part II: Topics Studied by Sociological Social Psychologists Chapter 6: Socialization Throughout the Life Course Chapter 7: Self and Identity Chapter 8: Emotions and Social Life Chapter 9: Deviance and Social Control Chapter 10: Mental Health and Illness Chapter 11: Personal Relationships Chapter 12: Prejudice and Discrimination Chapter 13: Social Influence, Social Constraint, and Social Change Chapter 14: Reflecting On What You Have Learned About Sociological Social Psychology and Its Applicability to Everyday Life