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Advances in Field Theory / Edition 1

Advances in Field Theory / Edition 1


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A comprehensive overview and analysis of one of the most influential theories in psychology is offered in this volume. Based on the pioneering work of social psychologist Kurt Lewin, it outlines the work of several generations of international field theorists and attests to the durability and utility of Lewin's work. Essays trace the history and development of field theory and discuss its various applications in a number of settings. Topics addressed include managing social conflict, self-help groups, field theory and the construction of social problems and academic sex discrimination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803939790
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/01/1990
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Susan A. Wheelan, Ph D, is president of GDQ Associates, Inc. She was professor of Psychological Studies and faculty director of the Training and Development Center at Temple University. She has worked in a number of school, hospital, and clinical settings. Dr. Wheelan received Temple University’s Great Teacher Award in 1992. She is coeditor of The Lewin Legacy: Field Theory in Current Practice and Advances in Field Theory. She coauthored How to Discipline Without Feeling Guilty. Dr. Wheelan is the author of Facilitating Training Groups, Group Processes: A Developmental Perspective, The Handbook of Group Research and Practice, and Creating Effective Teams: A Guide for Members and Leaders. She has written numerous articles for publication as well. Dr. Wheelan has provided consultation to a wide variety of organizations. She has led workshops and training seminars on such topics as Executive Development, The Role of the Internal Consultant, Working in Teams, Management Skills, Communication Skills, Dealing With Difficult Employees, Leadership, Conflict Management, and many more. She has been an invited speaker in Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, and throughout the United States. Topics included group and organizational development, diversity, and conflict management.

Table of Contents

Advancing Field Theory
Field Theory in Social Science
What Made It Creative
The Study of Everyday Life - Anitra Karsten
Democracy in the Research Team - Ralph White
Enthusiasm for the Work - Morton Deutsch
Woe unto You that are a Grandchild - Kurt W Back
Kurt Lewin's Films and Their Role in the Development of Field Theory - Mel van Elteren and Helmut E Luck
World Fields
Two 'Field Theories' - Martin Gold
Field Theory and the Construction of Social Problems - Susan A Wheelan and Vicki Abt
A Relational Perspective
Kurt Lewin in China - Shen Heyong
On the Nature of the Next Generation of Issues - Fred Emery
Social Processes
The Family as a Special Group - Kurt W Back
Boundaries and Dynamics
Topological Psychology of Abnormal Syndromes - Matthew Maibaum
Lewin on Unreality
Two Paradigms in Developmental Studies of Language - Ana Marjanovic-Shane
An Old Controversy in New Clothes
Cooperation, Conflict and Justice - Morton Deutsch
Social Comparison, Relative Deprivation and Pupil Interaction - Emmy A Pepitone
Homogeneous Versus Heterogeneous Classrooms
Interpersonal and Intergroup Methods of Managing Social Conflict - Murray Horwitz and Norman H Berkowitz
World Fields
Group Dynamics, Action Research and Intergroup Relations - Susan A Wheelan and Eugene H Stivers
Strategies for Arab-Jewish Conflict Management Workshops - David Bargal and Haviva Bar
Social Psychiatric Field Studies in Oslo - Odd Steffen Dalgard, Trine Anstorp, Kirsten Benum, Tom Sorensen and Torbjorn Moum
Some Preliminary Results
Level of Aspiration Theory and Quality of Life in Cross-Cultural Research - Robert J Kleiner and Barnabas Okeke
Social Processes
Action Research in the Voluntary Sector - Mark A Chesler
A Case Study of Scholar-Activist Roles in Self-Help Groups
The Social Agency as a Field of Forces - Willard C Richan and Robert J Kleiner
A Program Evaluation Strategy
The Etiology of Academic Sex Discrimination - Ethel D Kahn and Frank B W Hawkinshire
Research in Progress
Lewin's Paradigm of Planned Change - Frank B W Hawkinshire and William A Liggett
Theory and Application

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