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Social Psychology : A Critical Agenda

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This is a major textbook in social psychology which deliberately adopts a critical, unconventional approach. Until recently social psychology seemed to have escaped relatively lightly from the climate of critical questioning which has characterized oth
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  • Paperback | 324 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 17mm | 519g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745611834
  • 9780745611839

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This is a major textbook in social psychology which deliberatelyadopts a critical, unconventional approach.


Until recently social psychology seemed to have escapedrelatively lightly from the climate of critical questioning whichhas characterized other areas of the social sciences. But this haschanged: it is now possible to identify a clear forum of challenge, which could be described as "critical social psychology."


Social Psychology draws upon and consolidates this newcurrent of thinking, while at the same time providing awide-ranging and critical introduction to the field. It introducesstudents to the concepts, methods and debates in social psychology, but does so in a way that is questioning rather than dogmatic. Theoverall argument of the book is that social psychology has notuncovered the origins of social behaviour and experience but has"brought them into being" by virtue of the theories and narrativesconstructed by it.


Social Psychology is a textbook with a difference, introducing the central issues and concerns of social psychologywithin a framework of critical scrutiny. It is suitable for firstand second year undergraduates in psychology and socialpsychology.
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Table of contents

Preface. Part I: 1. The Mission, Message and Marketing of Social Psychology. 2. Towards a Critical Social Psychology. Part II: 3. From Personality to Textual Identities. 4. Between Ourselves. 5. In Social Worlds. Part III: 6. From Attitudes to Opinionation as Discourse. 7. Science and Common Sense. Part IV: 8. From Animosity to Atrocity: Social Psychology Explains Aggression. 9. Social Emotions. 10. Pomosexualities: Challenging the Missionary Position. Part V: 11. Methods of Enquiry. 12. Inconclusions. Bibliography. Index.
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