The `Stubborn Particulars' of Social Psychology gives students an alternative approach to social psychology which acknowledges the limits of shared understandings often imposed by class, race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, language and gender.
Frances Cherry shows how the generation of hypotheses, experimental practice, the interpretation of results and the process of scientific communication itself are equally framed by historical and cutural context. She discusses how to begin to understand one's own biases and prejudices, and how we create and make sense of our own social psychology as an engaged social critic, rather than as some idealised `objective' scientist.
The `Stubborn Particulars' of Social Psychology should be required reading for all social psychology students as an antidote to their course text.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Permissions Introduction 1. Are you a `Real' Scientist? 2. Kitty Genovese and Culturally Embedded Theorizing 3. Struggling with Theory and Theoretical Struggles 4. Hardening of the Categories and other Ailments 5. Self-Investigating Consciousness from Different Points of View 6. One Man's Social Psychology is Another Women's Social History 7. Everything I Always Wanted You to Know About? 8. Lost in Translation Endnotes References Index
Frances Cherry is Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
`Students see this book as one that takes them inside the workings of science, revealing the science of social psychology as an interpretive endeavor, and pointing up, chapter after chapter, the importance of language and cultural context in the making of social psychological knowledge. The "Stubborn Particulars" of Social Psychology engages students in the processes of productive and constructive critical thinking.' - Betty Bayer, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York