Perspectivism in Social Psychology: The Yin and Yang of Scientific Progress

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Overview

Twenty-two essays by psychologists from around the world explore topics relating to the perspectivist meta-theory, including self-concept, language, mass media and political communication, the history of social psychology, and the contextualist philosophy of science. William J. McGuire's influence on the field is emphasized throughout, and McGuire's worksheets for generating a research program are included in the appendix. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591470229
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: APA Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Introductory Material 1
1 Perspectivist Social Psychology: A Work in Progress 3
2 The Perspectivist in Historical and Scientific Perspective: McGuire's Role in Twentieth-Century Social Psychology 11
3 A Life in Psychology: The Human Element 25
Pt. II Attitudes, Persuasion, and Social Influence 35
4 Resisting Persuasion by Counterarguing: An Attitude Strength Perspective 37
5 Dynamic Networks and Other Thought Systems: Remote Ramifications of a Focused Persuasive Communication 53
6 Values and Evaluations 69
Pt. III Information Processing, Affect, and Behavior 83
7 Asymmetries in Affect-Laden Information Processing 85
8 The Cognitive Organization and Use of General Knowledge 97
9 The Cognitive Guidance of Behavior 113
10 The Opposite of a Great Truth Is Also True: Homage to Koan #7 127
Pt. IV Language and the Self-Concept 141
11 The Self-in-Talk: Toward an Analysis of Interpersonal Language and Its Use 143
12 (Self-)Conceptions as Social Actions 161
Pt. V Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Intergroup Relations in Society 173
13 Vicissitudes of Societal Psychology 175
14 Social Stereotypes and "Implicit Social Theory" 187
15 The Commonsense Psychology of Changing Social Groups 201
16 A Perspectivist Looks at the Past, Present, and (Perhaps) the Future of Intergroup Relations: A Quixotic Defense of System Justification Theory 215
Pt. VI Political Communication and Mass Media 231
17 Continuities and Contrasts in American Racial Politics 233
18 Engineering Consent: The Renaissance of Mass Communications Research in Politics 247
Pt. VII Theory and Metatheory in Social Psychological Science 259
19 Clapping with Both Hands: Numbers, People, and Simultaneous Hypotheses 261
20 The Resting Parrot, the Dessert Stomach, and Other Perfectly Defensible Theories 275
21 Unified Theory 287
22 The Eighth Koan of Progress in Social Psychology: A Variable Anointed as "Special" Will Demand Special Treatment 305
App Perspectivist Worksheets for Generating a Program of Research 319
Index 333
About the Editors 337
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