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Review of 'Handbook of Social Psychology'

Review of 'Handbook of Social Psychology' Reviews the book, Handbook of Social Psychology vol. 1 & vol. 2, edited by G. Lindzey . A handbook in any field of knowledge is an ambitions undertaking. When that field is growing so rapidly that changes of major significance take place between the writing of a manuscript and its publication and when the field ramifies widely with ill-defined boundaries, the task is even more formidable. In this perspective the two volumes edited by Lindzey are a magnificent achievement. They replace all existing texts and sourcebooks or any combination of text and sourcebook. They present clear and incisive accounts of the major theoretical positions in social psychology and they give good coverage to the thinking and research on all the traditional topics in the field. Many of these topics are old chapter headings in social psychology (humor and laughter, facial expression, mass phenomena) which more recent texts have omitted. And there is an excellent section of nine chapters on research methods. Moreover, many of the chapters are more than reviews of the literature in their insightful integration or in their suggestions for future research. Though social psychology has been characterized by sectarian trends and an impatience with an historical understanding of its problems, the "Handbook of Social Psychology" should help to counteract these forces. Some of the chapters are still too selective but the over-all pattern is one of real progress. High editorial standards have been maintained and the writing is not only clear, but for a handbook, unusually interesting. Almost any adequate organization of chapters in this field would have problems in finding mutually exclusive areas but the amount of overlapping in the literature reported by the various authors is not great. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychological Bulletin American Psychological Association

Review of 'Handbook of Social Psychology'

Psychological Bulletin , Volume 52 (4): 8 – Jul 1, 1955

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1955 American Psychological Association
ISSN
0033-2909
eISSN
1939-1455
DOI
10.1037/h0039572
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Abstract

Reviews the book, Handbook of Social Psychology vol. 1 & vol. 2, edited by G. Lindzey . A handbook in any field of knowledge is an ambitions undertaking. When that field is growing so rapidly that changes of major significance take place between the writing of a manuscript and its publication and when the field ramifies widely with ill-defined boundaries, the task is even more formidable. In this perspective the two volumes edited by Lindzey are a magnificent achievement. They replace all existing texts and sourcebooks or any combination of text and sourcebook. They present clear and incisive accounts of the major theoretical positions in social psychology and they give good coverage to the thinking and research on all the traditional topics in the field. Many of these topics are old chapter headings in social psychology (humor and laughter, facial expression, mass phenomena) which more recent texts have omitted. And there is an excellent section of nine chapters on research methods. Moreover, many of the chapters are more than reviews of the literature in their insightful integration or in their suggestions for future research. Though social psychology has been characterized by sectarian trends and an impatience with an historical understanding of its problems, the "Handbook of Social Psychology" should help to counteract these forces. Some of the chapters are still too selective but the over-all pattern is one of real progress. High editorial standards have been maintained and the writing is not only clear, but for a handbook, unusually interesting. Almost any adequate organization of chapters in this field would have problems in finding mutually exclusive areas but the amount of overlapping in the literature reported by the various authors is not great.

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Psychological BulletinAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Jul 1, 1955

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