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Social Psychology

Social Psychology
Traditional and Critical Perspectives

Second Edition

April 2024 | 872 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This thoroughly updated second edition of Social Psychology addresses pressing topics such as climate change activism, digital technology, pandemics and AI. With three new chapters on group behaviour, culture and social cognition, this edition engages in even more detail with both classic and contemporary approaches and draws on a wider range of critical perspectives. Through accessible, section-by-section critiques, a vibrant sense of relevance, debate and new possibilities are brought to the world of social psychology.

As you read this book, you will be guided by a range of chapter activities that promote deeper learning, including:
  • “In the news” boxes, which highlight the relevance of social psychology to today’s world
  • Critical review summaries, which evaluate the literature covered
  • Focus boxes, to highlight classic and contemporary research studies
  • “Try it out” boxes, which contain short activities, questions or reflection prompts
  • Definitions boxes, to remind you of key terms and their meanings
  • Review questions, to check your understanding
  • "In a nutshell" - bite-sized summaries of the ideas covered in each chapter
  • And more…

This essential resource is a must-have for students who want to go beyond a superficial awareness of names and theories to develop a deep, critical understanding of social psychology and its relevance to the real world.

Paul Dickerson is Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Roehampton, London. 

Chapter 1 Perspectives in Social Psychology
Chapter 2 Social Cognition
Chapter 3 Prejudice
Chapter 4 Attribution
Chapter 5 Explanatory Talk
Chapter 6 Attitude Change and Persuasion
Chapter 7 Self and Identity
Chapter 8 Group Behaviour
Chapter 9 Aggression
Chapter 10 Relationships
Chapter 11 Prosocial behaviour
Chapter 12 Communication and interaction
Chapter 13 Culture
Chapter 14 Social influence

Paul Dickerson

Paul Dickerson is Associate Professor at the University of Roehampton where he has taught for more than 25 years. His research has predominantly adopted a qualitative approach and has largely focused on issues of talk and interaction. He has previously written How to Write Brilliant Psychology Essays also published by Sage. Paul has written this book to enable you to immerse yourself in the exciting world of social psychology, to see its relevance in everyday life - as well as to support you in questioning its findings. More About Author

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