Combining the efforts of sociologists and psychologists, this work, originally published in 1952 and revised in 1966, embraces these two disciplines to show how social-psychological problems must be viewed in individual as well as general terms. Human interaction is, therefore, the main theme of this authoritative and rewarding volume, which offers a more comprehensive viewpoint than texts written from with a strictly psychological or a strictly sociological approach. Whenever it can be shown that interaction intervenes between individual and group variables, the authors carefully note the manner in which this occurs.
Well written yet succinct, the chapters are closely integrated to present continuously developing concepts of the time. Research illustrations are set off typographically but skilfully woven into the related text. Three appendixes, one on the measurement of individual attitudes, a second on survey research, and a third on Bale’s interaction process analysis, may be consulted without interrupting the flow of the other chapters.
Table of Contents
Preface. 1. Observing and Understanding Human Interaction Part 1: Individuals’ Attitudes 2. The Organization of Psychological Activities 3. The Nature of Attitudes 4. Attitude Change 5. The Organization and Stability of Attitudes Part 2: Processes of Interaction 6. Interpersonal Perception 7. Communicative Behavior 8. The Formation of Group Norms 9. Interpersonal Response Part 3: Group Structures and Properties 10. Structures of Interpersonal Relationships 11. Role Relationships 12. Group Properties Part 4: Interaction in Group Settings 13. Complex Role Demands 14. Intergroup Conflict 15. Achieving Group Goals. Appendixes and References A: The Measurement of Attitudes B: Survey Research and the Measurement of Public Opinion C: Interaction Process Analysis (Bales). References. Indexes.