Originally published in 1977, this volume was intended to provide a relatively elementary and clear overview of some of the more important approaches to social psychology at the time. There are a number of perspectives on this discipline, but here, instead of traditional theoretical approaches (e.g. field theory, role theory or S-R) the point of view is from the general perspective. The first chapter approaches social psychology as an experimental science, with the history and philosophic traditions discussed, as well as the current state of the field. Other chapters approach the discipline from the perspectives of symbolic interaction, social development, and ethology. The final chapter is devoted to the uses of mathematical models in social psychology.
This volume was intended to serve as a helpful integration of the field, and will still be useful as a text in its historical context.
Preface. 1. Clyde Hendrick Social Psychology as an Experimental Science 2. Russell A. Jones and Robert A. Day Social Psychology as Symbolic Interaction 3. David R. Shaffer Social Psychology from a Social-Developmental Perspective 4. D.W. Rajecki Ethological Elements in Social Psychology 5. S.S. Komorita Mathematical Models in Social Psychology. Author Index. Subject Index.
Psychology Library Editions: Social Psychology (30-volume set) brings together an eclectic mix of titles from a wealth of authors with diverse backgrounds, seeking to understand human behaviour and interaction from a socio-psychological perspective. The series of previously out-of-print titles, originally published between 1908 and 1993, includes those from some authors considered to be founders of social psychology and traces the development of the subject from its early foundations.