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Causal Attribution : From Cognitive Processes to Collective Beliefs - Miles Hewstone

Causal Attribution

From Cognitive Processes to Collective Beliefs


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Attribution theory deals with how people explain social behavior - their causal attributions or common-sense explanations.<i> Causal Attribution</i> provides a major assessment of attribution theory in social psychology during the last forty years. It reviews in detail the variety of theoretical perspectives and established phenomena in attribution theory and provides a unique integration.<p>A brief introduction to the classic attribution theories is followed by a review of some of the fundamental questions. The core of the book is made up of four central chapters, one on each of Doise's levels of explanation. Intra-personal attribution has studied the logic, cognitive processes and knowledge structures underlying causal attributions. Interpersonal attribution centers on attribution in social interaction and in close relationships, especially marriage. Intergroup attribution highlights the consequences of social categorization: attributions at this level often favor the ingroup and sustain ingroup conflict. Societal attributions link attributions to wider social beliefs, such as conspiracy theories, and refer to phenomena such as poverty, unemployment and riots.<p>This volume emphasizes the breadth and depth of attribution research, and argues persuasively that an attributional approach has a promising future, as well as a distinguished past, in social psychology.

"An interesting and clear introduction and, at the same time, asophisticated and up-to-date review of theoretical and empiricalissues .... The novice will value it for its clarity while theexpert will find in it fresh insights derived from Miles Hewstone'stheoretical integration." Professor Klaus Fiedler, University ofGiessen

"This volume presents some of the most thoughtful andchallenging analyses of theory and research in contemporaryattribution that can be found anywhere in the literature. The bookis timely, filled with discussions of key research issues, andamazingly up-to-date in references provide." Professor John H.Harvey, University of Iowa



1. Introduction.

2. Classic Theories of Causal Attribution.

3. Attribution Theory and Research: Fundamental Questions.

4. Intra-personal Attribution: Causal Logic, Cognitive Processes and Knowledge Structures.

5. Interpersonal Attribution: From Social Interaction to Close Relationships.

6. Intergroup Attribution: Social Categorization and Its Consequences.

7. Societal Attribution: Collective Beliefs and the Explanation of Societal Events.

8. Conclusion.


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ISBN: 9780631171652
ISBN-10: 0631171657
Series: Studies in Church History.Subsidia; 6
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 1st January 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.94 x 15.24  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1