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The Handbook of Social Psychology: 2-Volume Set [Hardcover]

Daniel T. Gilbert , Susan T. Fiske , Gardner Lindzey
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Oct. 1 1997 0195213769 978-0195213768 Fourth Edition
The classic Handbook of Social Psychology has been the standard professional reference for the field of social psychology for the past 50 years. Now available in a new edition, this internationally acclaimed resource maintains the high standards of previous editions by recruiting leading experts from all areas of social psychology to bring readers up to date on new scientific methods and analytic techniques and to take stock of research advances in their respective specialties. In addition to a new and diverse group of authors, this edition is filled with new topics, such as emotions, self, automaticity, stigma, memory, and evolution, among others. The editors, who are three of social psychology's most noted researchers, have structured the volume to highlight the many levels of analysis used by contemporary psychologists, while maintaining a focus on social psychology's core concern: how do people think about, feel, and act toward one another? Social Psychology's central questions have changed throughout the past 50 years, and the scientific approaches to them have changed even more. This expanded focus has led to many exciting developments that are detailed in this new edition. All academics, graduate students, and professional social psychologists will want to own a copy of this essential resource.

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"Overall, the Handbook is extremely impressive and should give readers a sense of pride about the progress that has been made in social psychology. . . . The broad focus of most of the chapters and the appreciation they convey of the history of research and theory should maintain the Handbook's importance as the best distillation of the foundations of current knowledge in social psychology." --Contemporary Psychology (on the third ed.)

"With 37 chapters, this edition represents a substantial effort on the part of the editors and the individual authors. Their work benefits the rest of us, and of particular note are chapters on control and automaticity, the self, and culture. Still, for people who appreciate efficient ways to scan the academic landscape of social psychology, the Handbook is once again a well organized and concise reference tool."--Contemporary Sociology

"Social psychologists possess an institution that periodically takes great pains to summarize the history and developments of the field . . . The Handbook of Social Psychology . . . This edition . . . does a splendid job of representing the obsessions, approaches, and insights of the field of social psychology. . . . The first volume contains sections on historical perspectives, methodological techniques, intrapersonal processes, and personal phenomena. The second volume focuses on interpersonal processes, collective phenomena, interdisciplinary perspectives, and emerging approaches. . . . the editors have done such an accurate job of representing the field, its achievements, its breadth, its sensibilities, and its shortcomings, that to criticize this edition of the Handbook is to criticize the field of social psychology itself. . . . a worthy successor to previous editions and a fine document, so far, of the story about the field of social psychology."--Contemporary Psychology

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Gardner Lindzey is at Stanford University. Susan T. Fiske is at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The standard reference work in social psychology March 5 1999
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Since the first edition appeared in 1935, The Handbook of Social Psychology has been considered the standard reference work in social psychology, offering historic, integrative, and penetrating surveys of the topics that constitute the discipline. All chapters are written by the world's foremost authorities, and the list of contributors continues to read like an International Who's Who in Social Psychology. The fourth edition is not merely an update of the third, but a completely new collection of chapters written by and for a new generation of social psychologists. In its two volumes and 38 chapters, readers will find remarkably thorough and insightful coverage of social psychology's full spectrum of research topics-from mental representation to world politics. In addition to chapters on traditional topics such as attitudes, altruism, and aggression, this edition also contains numerous chapters on emerging topics never before featured in The Handbook of Social Psychology (e.g., close relationships, stigma, emotion, evolutionary psychology, the self, culture, automaticity and mental control). These substantive surveys are complemented by historical essays written by some of the field's most distinguished leaders, and by a full range of highly accessible chapters on methodology and statistics (e.g. measurement, data analysis, experimentation, survey methods). This edition of The Handbook of Social Psychology summarizes the science of social psychology in the 20th century while bringing it boldly into the 21st.
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Since the first edition appeared in 1935, The Handbook of Social Psychology has been considered the standard reference work in social psychology, offering historic, integrative, and penetrating surveys of the topics that constitute the discipline. All chapters are written by the world's foremost authorities, and the list of contributors continues to read like an International Who's Who in Social Psychology. The fourth edition is not merely an update of the third, but a completely new collection of chapters written by and for a new generation of social psychologists. In its two volumes and 38 chapters, readers will find remarkably thorough and insightful coverage of social psychology's full spectrum of research topics-from mental representation to world politics. In addition to chapters on traditional topics such as attitudes, altruism, and aggression, this edition also contains numerous chapters on emerging topics never before featured in The Handbook of Social Psychology (e.g., close relationships, stigma, emotion, evolutionary psychology, the self, culture, automaticity and mental control). These substantive surveys are complemented by historical essays written by some of the field's most distinguished leaders, and by a full range of highly accessible chapters on methodology and statistics (e.g. measurement, data analysis, experimentation, survey methods). This edition of The Handbook of Social Psychology summarizes the science of social psychology in the 20th century while bringing it boldly into the 21st.
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