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Norms, Groups, Conflict, and Social Change
Rediscovering Muzafer Sherif's Psychology

ISBN 9781412855051
Published April 30, 2015 by Routledge
412 Pages

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Book Description

This book is about the life and work of a Turkish-American social scientist, Muzafer Sherif (1905–1988). He was known for his seminal work on norm and group formations, social judgment, and intergroup conflicts and cooperation. Although Sherif is identified as one of the founders of social psychology, his contribution to the science of psychology goes beyond the limits of social psychology as it is generally defined today.

This volume aims to rediscover the theory and research of its subject in the socio-historical context of his time, as well as his relevance for contemporary psychology. Chapters cover a range of topics: an in-depth portrayal of Sherif's life and intellectual struggle in Turkey and in the United States; his metatheoretical considerations on the science of psychology; his theory and research on group and intergroup relationships, social norms and social change; formation and change of frames of reference, ego-involvements and identity; and psychology of slogans.

Sherif had profound life experiences in different cultural contexts from the Ottoman Empire and World War I to American universities, which enabled him to see the essentiality of the historico-cultural context in the formation of human phenomena. Sherif's psychology is an elegant exemplar of an integrative science of psychology that is worth rediscovering.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Jaan Valsiner

Ayfer Dost-Go;zkan and Doga Sonmez Keith

Part I: Early Years: Turkey and the United States

1. A Young Scientist in a Changing World:
Muzafer Sherif's Early Years
Sertan Batur

2. Muzafer Sherif in America: Confidence,
Crisis, and Beyond
Ersin Aslturk

Part II: Years in the United States after 1945

3. Th e Sherifs' Long Quest to Keep Social
Psychology Social
Donald K. Routh

4. Muzafer Sherif in FBI Files
Sertan Batur

5. Dynamics of Group and Intergroup Relations
Lucas B. Mazur, Rashmi Nair, and
Johanna Ray Vollhardt

6. Sherif's Thoughts on Social Science and the Social
Scientist: Theoretical and Methodological
Maggie Campbell-Obaid and Katherine Lacasse

7. Social Norms and Social Change
Caitlin O. Mahoney, Elliot Weiner, and Tierza Loskota

Part III: Contemporary Psychology in Light of
Sherif 's Work

8. Sherif's Historical Role and Current Relevance
for Social/Cultural Psychology
cidem Katcba

9. Sherif's Perspective on Contemporary Social
Zachary Beckstead

10. Reflections on Muzafer Sherif's Legacy in Social
Identity and Self-Categorization Theories
Michael J. Platow, John A. Hunter,
S. Alexander Haslam, and Stephen D. Reicher

11. Applications and Extensions of Realistic Conflict
Theory: Moral Development and Conflict Prevention
Jessica McKenzie and Gabriel Twose

12. Re-emergence of ar sija: Revisiting Sherif's
Psychology of Slogans
Sandina Begi

13. An Integration of Social and Developmental
Psychology: Sherif's Research with Adolescents
Ayfer Dost-Go;zkan

Conclusion: A Scholar Between and Beyond
Fathali M. Moghaddam

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