Social Psychology Matters / Edition 1

Social Psychology Matters / Edition 1

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Social Psychology Matters / Edition 1

Social Psychology Matters explores the significance of social psychology in the twenty-first century and the important contribution it can and does make to understanding ourselves and others in today’s world. This book is designed to help the reader navigate the complex and ever-changing nature of the discipline and gain an overview of the key concepts, methods and theories.

The authors adopt a broad approach to trace the roots and legacies of social psychology with a keen eye to the future. Each chapter provides an in-depth look at a social psychological topic of significance, ranging from self and conflict to families and embodiment.

Four theoretical perspectives – cognitive social, discursive psychological, phenomenological and social psychoanalytic – enable students to critically analyse social psychological research.

These perspectives are interpreted through the interrogative themes of:

  • Individual–society dualism
  • Agency–structure dualism
  • Situated knowledges
  • Power relations

This stimulating and accessible text uses real-life experience to demonstrate why social psychology matters and how our understanding of these topics can be continually enhanced and constructively applied.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335221035
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2006
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Wendy Hollway is Professor of Psychology, Helen Lucey is a Lecturer in Psychology, and Ann Phoenix is Professor of Social and Developmental Psychology, all at

The Open University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Navigating social psychology

Social psychology: Past and present
Methods and knowledge in social psychology
Prejudice, conflict and conflict reduction
Conclusion: Social psychology matters


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