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Key Readings in Social Psychology


About the Series

Given the need to be selective and to provide a coherent perspective on each theme within a single book, the editors have generally tackled a difficult brief extremely well. The breadth and depth make a volume suitable for use in many final-year and masters-degree courses in social psychology. It also provides an ideal introduction to top-level original research articles that should motivate students to pursue the current literature in a more targeted way. […] This is an excellent series that will provide an invaluable compendium of the themes that have dominated the 20th Century.” - Diane Houston, University of Kent, in the Times Higher Education Supplement

The aim of the series is to make available to senior undergraduate and graduate students key articles in each area of social psychology in an attractive, user-friendly format.

Many professors want to encourage their students to engage directly with research in their fields, yet this can often be daunting for students coming to detailed study of a topic for the first time.

Moreover, declining library budgets mean that articles are not always readily available, and course packs can be expensive and time-consuming to produce.

Key Readings in Social Psychology aims to address this need by providing comprehensive volumes, each one of which is edited by a senior and active researcher in the field.

Articles are carefully chosen to illustrate the way the field has developed historically as well as current issues and research directions.

Each volume has a similar structure that includes:

  • An overview chapter, as well as introduction to sections and articles;
  • Questions for class discussion;
  • Annotated bibliographies;
  • Full author and subject indices;
  • The article How to Read a Journal Article in Social Psychology, especially prepared for this series by Christian H. Jordan and Mark P. Zanna

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Social Psychology A General Reader

Social Psychology: A General Reader

1st Edition

Edited By Arie Kruglanski, E. Tory Higgins
February 20, 2003

The articles in this volume have been selected on the basis of their readability, accessibility, and brevity. They include not only highly influential papers which have had an outstanding impact on the field, but also papers that showcase important social psychological principles. Each article in ...

The Social Psychology of Organizational Behavior Key Readings

The Social Psychology of Organizational Behavior: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By Leigh L. Thompson
January 23, 2003

Each article in this collection of readings has been carefully chosen for its tremendous impact on the field of organizational behavior. It focuses specifically on micro-organizational behavior, which has almost uniquely been influenced by social psychology. The reader is carefully structured into ...

Intergroup Relations Key Readings

Intergroup Relations: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By Michael A. Hogg, Dominic Abrams
March 01, 2001

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Social Psychology and Human Sexuality Key Readings

Social Psychology and Human Sexuality: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By Roy F. Baumeister
April 05, 2001

In spite of its central importance in human relationships, the study of sexuality has been somewhat neglected by social psychologists. This reader brings together a fascinating selection of articles which examine sex as a social phenomenon: as a group of behavior patterns that people engage in ...

Emotions in Social Psychology Key Readings

Emotions in Social Psychology: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By W. Gerrod Parrott
November 23, 2000

This reader presents a collection of influential articles on the nature of emotions and ther role in social psychological phenomena, along with recent work that reflects the current state of the art....

Motivational Science Social and Personality Perspectives: Key Readings

Motivational Science: Social and Personality Perspectives: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By E. Tory Higgins, Arie W. Kruglanski
September 21, 2000

The reader begins with an original paper by the editors that introduces the social-personality perspective on motivational science and provides an integrated review of empirical and theoretical contributions. Major issues in motivational science are identified that form the basis for the ...

Stereotypes and Prejudice Key Readings

Stereotypes and Prejudice: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By Charles Stangor
March 30, 2000

This book contains a collection of classic and contemporary readings that have contributed to our understanding of stereotypes and prejudice from a social-psychological perspective. The selected readings all make an important theoretical contribution, but have also been chosen with an eye on their ...

Self in Social Psychology Key Readings

Self in Social Psychology: Key Readings

1st Edition

Edited By Roy F. Baumeister
February 17, 2000

First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

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