Key Readings in Social Psychology

Series Editor: Arie W. Kruglanski

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

Reviews

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

  • Rediscovering Social Identity

    Edited by Tom Postmes, Nyla R. Branscombe

    This reader brings together the founding texts of the "Social Identity Approach" - a set of concepts, ideas, and principles contained in Social Identity Theory and Self-Categorization Theory. This approach originated in social psychology and is increasingly part of the standard curriculum in…

    Paperback – 2010-05-27
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  • Psychology of Terrorism

    Classic and Contemporary Insights

    Edited by Jeff Victoroff, Arie W. Kruglanski

    Substate terrorism now represents one of the gravest threats to human civilizations. As the frequency of interstate wars has declined since the end of the Second World War, terrible violence against innocent civilians is increasingly perpetrated by non-state groups with extreme agendas and…

    Paperback – 2009-03-09
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  • Attitudes

    Their Structure, Function and Consequences

    Edited by Russell H. Fazio, Richard E. Petty

    The study of likes and dislikes - what social psychologists refer to as "attitudes" - has been a central focus of the field for decades. What are attitudes? How can we study and measure them scientifically? How are they formed and changed? Of what functional value, if any, are they? How do they…

    Paperback – 2007-08-20
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  • Social Comparison Theories

    Edited by Diederik A. Stapel, Hart Blanton

    Self-perception and behavior do not occur in a social vacuum: who we are, and what we do, is often a function of what other people are and do. Others can inform us of who we are ("I am the only sane person here"), or where we stand ("I am quite intelligent compared to him"); others can inspire us (…

    Paperback – 2006-12-15
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  • Small Groups

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    Edited by John M. Levine, Richard L. Moreland

    Research on small groups is highly diverse because investigators who study such groups vary in their disciplinary identifications, theoretical interests, and methodological preferences. The goal of this volume is to capture that diversity, and thereby convey the breadth and excitement of small…

    Paperback – 2006-03-13
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  • Social Cognition

    Key Readings

    Edited by David Hamilton

    This collection features articles that have shown a significant impact on the field of social cognition. The articles are organized into eight major sections: (1) social information processing; (2) cognitive representation of social information; (3) activation and use of cognitive representations;…

    Paperback – 2005-01-03
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  • Social Neuroscience

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    Edited by John T. Cacioppo, Gary G. Berntson

    Neuroscientists and cognitive scientists have collaborated for more than a decade with the common goal of understanding how the mind works. These collaborations have helped unravel puzzles of the mind, including aspects of perception, imagery, attention, and memory. Many aspects of the mind,…

    Paperback – 2004-12-27
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  • Close Relationships

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    Edited by Harry T. Reis, Caryl E. Rusbult

    Each of the chapters in this reader is written by leading scholars in the area of relationships, reflecting the diversity of the field and including both contemporary and key historical papers for comprehensive coverage of research.…

    Paperback – 2004-07-18
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  • Political Psychology

    Key Readings

    Edited by John T. Jost, Jim Sidanius

    Political psychology is a dynamic subfield at the intersection of psychology and political science. The specific relationship between politics and social psychology has been steadily evolving in recent years, making it a compelling and exciting area of study. The chapters in this reader were…

    Paperback – 2004-03-18
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  • The Interface of Social and Clinical Psychology

    Key Readings

    Edited by Robin M. Kowalski, Mark R. Leary

    Virtually every major area of interest in social psychology has implications for understanding, diagnosing, and treating emotional and behavioral problems. The intent of this volume of readings is to locate published articles that apply important theories and concepts from social psychology to the…

    Paperback – 2003-11-19
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  • Social Psychology of Health

    Key Readings

    Edited by Peter Salovey, Alexander J. Rothman

    This volume describes classic and contemporary theory and research in social psychology that sheds light on how people think about health and illness, as well as their willingness to engage in health-relevant behaviors. The Editors have selected papers that serve to illustrate the reciprocal…

    Paperback – 2003-07-23
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  • Social Psychology

    A General Reader

    Edited by Arie Kruglanski, E. Tory Higgins

    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…

    Paperback – 2003-01-31
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  • The Social Psychology of Organizational Behavior

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    Edited by Leigh L. Thompson

    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…

    Paperback – 2002-12-13
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  • Intergroup Relations

    Key Readings

    Edited by Michael A. Hogg, Dominic Abrams

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

    Paperback – 2001-03-12
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  • Social Psychology and Human Sexuality

    Key Readings

    Edited by Roy F. Baumeister

    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…

    Paperback – 2001-03-09
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  • Emotions in Social Psychology

    Key Readings

    Edited by W. Gerrod Parrott

    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.…

    Paperback – 2000-10-06
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  • Motivational Science

    Social and Personality Perspectives: Key Readings

    Edited by E. Tory Higgins, Arie W. Kruglanski

    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…

    Paperback – 2000-08-11
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  • Stereotypes and Prejudice

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    Edited by Charles Stangor

    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…

    Paperback – 2000-04-07
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  • Self in Social Psychology

    Key Readings

    Edited by Roy F. Baumeister

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

    Paperback – 1999-11-01
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    Key Readings in Social Psychology