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From The CriticsReviewer: Peter B. Zeldow, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book consists of 18 original chapters devoted, in one way or another, to examining the role of affect, motivation, and cognition in evaluations of one's self, of others, and of groups. Topics include social comparison, impression management, stereotyping, intergroup tension, and prejudice reduction.
Purpose: The purpose of the book, as with two earlier volumes in the series, is to present theory and research at the interface of motivation and research. Unlike the earlier volumes, the editors' purpose here is to "examine the role of motivation and cognition in interpersonal and intergroup behavior." An additional purpose of this volume appears to be to demonstrate the relevance of social psychological research to applied problems in social relations. These are worthy objectives, admirably met.
Audience: The book is written primarily for social psychology researchers, students, and teachers, although other psychologists and even social philosophers will find many chapters of interest. The editors and authors are all credible authorities, and represent Australia, Germany, and Canada, as well as the United States.
Features: The book has separate subject and author indexes, a fair number of figures and tables, and excellent and current references at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This is an important reference work which belongs in any library with a social science collection. Newcomers to the field may struggle with the terminology, but a careful reading of these excellent chapters will be rewarded. Overall, this book demonstrates the vitality of contemporary social psychology.