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Social Psychology - Alfred R. Lindesmith

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9780761907466
Number Of Pages: 488

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The <B>Eighth Edition</B> of this classic text provides a basic introduction to the field of social psychology. Taking a critical symbolic interactionist approach, <B>Social Psychology</B> helps students understand the very nature of how individuals do things together in today's society. The book has been significantly revised taking into consideration a number of recent turns in the field, such as: the increased sense that American social psychology is deeply embedded in world culture; that postmodernism has much to offer the sudy of the social world; and that new theories on sexuality, identity, deviance and the body provide a fascinating viewpoint on a person within society.

Prefacep. xi
The Social Psychological Imagination
The Field of Social Psychologyp. 3
A Definition of the Fieldp. 3
The Existential Focusp. 4
The Narrative Turn in Social Psychologyp. 5
Basic Social Processesp. 8
The Social Psychological Imaginationp. 10
Symbolic Interactionismp. 11
Key Termsp. 13
Communication as Culturep. 15
Gendered Identitiesp. 16
What Symbolic Interactionists Do Not Likep. 18
Behaviorism and Mind-Body Dualismp. 22
Interpretive Versus Cognitive Social Psychologiesp. 24
Conclusionp. 31
Suggested Readingsp. 32
Study Questionsp. 33
Primate Visions and Human Symbolic Behaviorp. 35
The Evolutionary Setting of Human Behaviorp. 35
The Evolution of Social Behaviorp. 36
Sociobiologyp. 39
The Behavior of Chimpanzeesp. 44
The History of Primate Research, Sociobiology, and Chimp Language Studiesp. 53
Symbolic Environments and Cognitive Structuresp. 58
Social Worlds, Symbolic Coordinates, and Fictionsp. 62
Conclusionp. 65
Suggested Readingsp. 66
Study Questionsp. 66
Social Structure and Language
The Nature of Languagep. 69
Semiotics and Symbolic Interactionismp. 69
The Categorical, or Language, Attitudep. 73
The Nature of Language: Signs and Symbolsp. 77
Internalized Speech and Thoughtp. 87
The Metaphysics of Presencep. 91
Speech as Discoursep. 92
Conclusionp. 95
Suggested Readingsp. 95
Study Questionsp. 95
Language, Groups, and Social Structurep. 97
Consensus and Human Groupsp. 97
Listening and Comprehendingp. 102
Language and the Social Structure of Thoughtp. 104
Symbolic Behavior as Shared Behaviorp. 110
Humor, Interaction, and the Resources of Languagep. 112
Daydreaming and Dreamingp. 115
Metaphor, Analogy, Flexibility of Thought, and Metonymyp. 122
Conclusionp. 125
Suggested Readingsp. 125
Study Questionsp. 126
Emotions and the Naming Processp. 127
The Body and Painp. 127
Emotional Experiencep. 129
The Linguistic Aspect of Human Emotionsp. 130
Emotion as Symbolic Interactionp. 134
Interpreting Drug Experiencesp. 135
Madness, the Uncanny, and Aphasiap. 136
Alzheimer's Diseasep. 144
Body Images and Medicinep. 145
Opiate and Other Addictionsp. 149
Conclusionp. 154
Suggested Readingsp. 155
Study Questionsp. 155
Perception, Memory, Motives, and Accountsp. 157
Preliminary Considerationsp. 157
Activity Theoryp. 158
Three Views of Motivation and Actionp. 160
Social Patterning of Perceptionp. 161
Perception, Language, and Groupsp. 164
The Social Basis of Memoryp. 167
Human Remembering as a Symbolic Processp. 167
The Planning of Behaviorp. 174
Motives, Activities, and Accountsp. 175
Conclusionp. 190
Suggested Readingsp. 191
Study Questionsp. 192
Childhood Socialization
Learning Language in Early Childhoodp. 195
Instrumental Use of Gesturesp. 196
Learning to Use and Comprehend Symbolsp. 198
Declarative and Manipulative Functions of Languagep. 202
Theories of Language Acquisitionp. 204
The Learning of Conceptsp. 208
Reasoning and Child Developmentp. 211
Conclusionp. 215
Suggested Readingsp. 215
Study Questionsp. 216
The Development of Selfp. 217
Language, Performance, and Human Naturep. 217
Self and Identityp. 218
Socialization and Interactionp. 219
The Concept of Selfp. 222
Social Constructionism, Essentialism, and Identity Politicsp. 223
Theories of Agency and Actionp. 225
Development of Self-Awarenessp. 226
Body Awareness and Body Displayp. 227
Individuality and the Social Character of the Selfp. 231
The Self in Early Childhoodp. 235
Other Developmental Views: Freud, Lacan, Erikson, Sullivanp. 237
Limitations of Stage Theoriesp. 255
Conclusionp. 255
Suggested Readingsp. 256
Study Questionsp. 257
The Social Worlds of Childhoodp. 259
The Child's Egocentrismp. 260
A Critique of the Egocentric Perspectivep. 262
The Child's Network of Significant Othersp. 264
Perspectives and the Generalized Otherp. 267
The Socializing of Emotionalityp. 274
Gender Differentiationp. 277
Conclusionp. 281
Suggested Readingsp. 282
Study Questionsp. 282
Selves and Societies
Reading the Interaction Orderp. 285
The Cinematic Societyp. 285
The Birth of the Cinematic Societyp. 287
The Everyday Gaze and Narrative Reflexivityp. 287
Cinematic Reality and the Cinematic Imaginationp. 289
The Logic of the Presentp. 291
Interaction Rituals and the Interactional Orderp. 292
Public Places and Civil Societyp. 294
The Cinematic Racial Orderp. 294
Two Approaches to Interaction: Rules and Rolesp. 298
Status Passage and Interactionp. 304
Twin Processes: presenting and Assessingp. 305
Small Groups and Problematic Interactionp. 308
Conclusionp. 310
Suggested Readingsp. 310
Study Questionsp. 311
Selves and Identity Transformationsp. 313
Careersp. 315
Identity Transformationsp. 321
Self-Control and Self-Changep. 323
Voluntary Behaviorp. 325
Interactional Loss of Self-Controlp. 328
Institutionally Induced Changes in Self-Controlp. 333
Coping Mechanismsp. 337
Conclusionp. 342
Suggested Readingsp. 342
Study Questionsp. 342
Sexuality and Identityp. 343
Recent Histories and Theories of Sexualityp. 344
Bisexualityp. 346
A Queer Nationp. 348
The AIDS Crisisp. 349
The Evolutionary Picturep. 351
Hormones, Homosexuality, and Inversionp. 352
The Gender Stratification Systemp. 358
Sexual Identity and Self-Esteemp. 359
Falling In and Out of Lovep. 362
Sexual Activities and Erotic Imageryp. 365
Conclusionp. 372
Suggested Readingsp. 372
Study Questionsp. 373
Deviance, Deviant Bodies, and Deviant Worldsp. 375
Discourse and the Work of Representationp. 376
Social Constructionism and the Medicalization of Deviancep. 377
Conceptions of Deviancep. 378
The Nature of Deviancep. 379
Deviant Careers and Social Worldsp. 383
Deviant Worlds and Individualsp. 384
Criminal Worldsp. 385
Becoming an Alcoholicp. 391
Family Violencep. 392
Conclusionp. 396
Suggested Readingsp. 397
Study Questionsp. 397
Illness, Aging, Dying, and Medical Bodiesp. 399
Technologies of Power and the Bodyp. 400
Chronic Illness, Pain, and Medical Technologyp. 402
The Social Worlds of the Dying Childp. 409
The Social Worlds of the Oldp. 410
Dying and Deathp. 418
The Social Consequences of Deathp. 421
The Meanings of Deathp. 423
Medicine, McDonald's, and the Risk Societyp. 424
Conclusionp. 425
Suggested Readingsp. 426
Study Questionsp. 426
Glossaryp. 427
Referencesp. 437
Indexp. 463
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ISBN: 9780761907466
ISBN-10: 0761907467
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 1st May 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.48 x 17.86  x 2.64
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 8
Edition Type: Revised