Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

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Overview

Over the past 75 years there has been a tremendous amount of theoretical and empirical research on group processes and intergroup relations by scholars in various disciplines. The Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations is a reflection of the growing integration of what were formerly two distinct approaches. With approximately 300 entries, the two volumes of this encyclopedia cover concepts ranging from conformity to diversity and from small group interaction to intergroup relations on a global scale.

Key Features

  • Examines the major criteria used by researchers to define groups
  • Conveys what behavioral scientists know and theorize about how people think, feel, and act when responding to ingroup and outgroup members
  • Discusses perspectives on what happens within groups and between groups

Key Themes

  • Cognitions and Feelings
  • Conflict and Cooperation Within Groups
  • Group Decision Making
  • Group Performance and Problem Solving
  • Group Structure
  • Identity and Self
  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Intergroup Relations in Society
  • Methodology
  • Organizations
  • Theory
  • Types of Groups and Subgroups
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Editorial Reviews

April 2010 - Against the Grain
"....There are close to 300 articles making up these two volumes exploring the individual elements of group processes and intergroup relations, as well as where they merge. These articles cover broad categories ranging from theory and methodology to individual areas of interest... The diversity of the individual article coverage is impressive. The entries are steeped in scholarship and written by experts in the fields of social psychology, sociology, and organizational behavior.... The authors are successful in writing in an accessible style easily grasped by undergraduates and informed lay readers.... The Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations is a title that has multi-disciplinary relevance. Undergraduates in fields as diverse as business, psychology, and sociology among others, could find themselves leafing through its pages. "— Tom Gilson
M. Sylvia
"....A unique resource.... This well-written and understandable overview of the group processes field should be in every library that supports the study of social psychology, sociology, or business. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/ faculty; general readers. **** "
Against the Grain April 2010 - Tom Gilson
"....There are close to 300 articles making up these two volumes exploring the individual elements of group processes and intergroup relations, as well as where they merge. These articles cover broad categories ranging from theory and methodology to individual areas of interest... The diversity of the individual article coverage is impressive. The entries are steeped in scholarship and written by experts in the fields of social psychology, sociology, and organizational behavior.... The authors are successful in writing in an accessible style easily grasped by undergraduates and informed lay readers.... The Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations is a title that has multi-disciplinary relevance. Undergraduates in fields as diverse as business, psychology, and sociology among others, could find themselves leafing through its pages. "
Library Journal
Group theory is a relatively new area in the field of social psychology, and there are few resources that present information on group processes and relations aimed at a general audience. Levine (psychology, Univ. of Pittsburgh) and Hogg (social psychology, Claremont Graduate Univ.) nicely remedy this lack and integrate the theory, behavioral aspects, and methodology of both group processes—within group relationships and intergroup, or between-group, relations. Over 300 topics are covered in 12 main areas, such as "Cognition and Feelings," "Group Decision Making," "Identity and Self," and "Theory," and each signed article has been written by a specialist in social psychology, sociology, or organizational behavior. Articles vary in length depending on the importance and relevance of the subject and cover a wide range of topics, including genocide, the prisoner's dilemma, the origins of racism and sexism, and the psychology of scapegoating. Each entry also includes an accompanying short bibliography and cross-references to related entries. A "Reader's Guide" helps to locate topics within each of the 12 main sections, and an accompanying alphabetical list of entries and a comprehensive index also aid in navigation. The writing is nonacademic by design and should be relatively navigable for advanced high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as general readers. BOTTOM LINE This distinctive, well-researched, well-written, and understandable introduction to group theory is highly recommended for secondary, public, and academic libraries, particularly those supporting sociology and psychology programs.—Amanda K. Sprochi, Univ. of Missouri Lib., Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412942089
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1048
  • Sales rank: 1,115,716
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Levine is Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on small group processes, and he has published many articles and book chapters on such topics as majority and minority influence, reaction to deviance, group socialization, and group loyalty. Professor Levine has served as Editor of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Executive Committee Chair of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Review, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, New Review of Social Psychology, and European Review of Social Psychology. Professor Levine is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.

Michael Hogg is Professor of Social Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. He is also an Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Kent and the University of Queensland. His research focuses on social identity processes within and between large and small groups, and he has published widely on topics including intergroup relations, group cohesion, leadership, group motivations, and conformity processes. Professor Hogg is co-editor of the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, an associate editor of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Senior Consulting Editor for the SAGE Social Psychology Program. He is a fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Western Psychological Association, and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Michael Hogg’ home page: http://www.cgu.edu/pages/3948.asp

Social Identity Lab: http://www.cgu.edu/pages/5271.asp

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