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