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The Disappearance of the Social in American Social Psychology

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  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521099547

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  • In his critical history of American social psychology, John Greenwood reviews the original conception of the social dimensions of cognition, emotion and behavior, and of the discipline of social psychology itself, as embraced by early twentieth century American social psychologists. He documents how the once broadly defined conception of social psychological phenomena came to be progressively neglected as the century developed, till hardly any trace of the original conception of the "social" remains in contemporary American psychology.

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    "Greenwood's book is unequalled in its sustained conceptual analysis of what was lost during the historical development of social psychology. It represents a profound theoretical contribution, sympathetic to empirical work, and offers an insightful commentary on the field's current problems." Kurt Danziger, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, York University, Toronto

    "This book by an outstanding scholar is a major contribution to understanding social psychology. The author spells out how early 20th century views of the social were ignored or discarded, resulting in a contemporary social psychology that is too individualistic. He points the way to bringing the social back in." Paul F. Secord, Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies, University of Houston

    "...I applaud the author for reviewing so extensively the history of psychological social psychology and for working to improve the field." - Robert S. Horton, Wabash College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521099547
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. What happened to the social in social psychology?
    1. The lost world
    2. Wundt and Völkerpsychologie
    3. Durkheim and social facts
    4. The social and the psychological
    5. Social psychology and the 'social mind'
    6. Individualism and the social
    7. Crowds, publics and experimental social psychology
    8. Crossroads
    9. Crisis
    10. The rediscovery of the social?

  • Author

    John D. Greenwood, City University of New York

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