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1. The discipline of social psychology.- 2. The social self: understanding ourselves.- 3. The social perceiver: understanding the social world.- 4. The social judge: attitudes, emotions and behavior.- 5. Communication.- 6. Persuasion.- 7. Close relationships.- 8. The social group.- 9. Social influence.- 10. Group behavior.- 11. Intergroup relations.- 12. Improving intergroup relations.- 13. Understanding and controlling aggression.- 14. Altruism and justice.- 15. Social psychology: an overview.
An engaging and comfortable read ... I am particularly impressed with the pedagogy included in this textbook ... I would certainly consider adopting a structure to mirror this text.' - Fay Short, Bangor University, UK 'Very up-to-date ... I think it is important for social psychology students to understand the usefulness of the material that they are learning and also the criticisms that have been made of the discipline ... I would still definitely choose this book as a text.' - Jenny Boldero, University of Melbourne, Australia 'I'd describe the approach adopted as really excellent; refreshingly and distinctively engaging. Students will love it and the 'Try it yourself' and other features are great for teaching. Based on the work I have reviewed it is the best social psychology textbook I have seen recently...I think students would likely prefer it to Hogg and Vaughan.' - Victoria Scaife, University of East Anglia, UK
Robbie Sutton was born in Wellington, New Zealand and completed undergraduate degrees in English, philosophy and psychology at Victoria University of Wellington, and went onto study for his PhD there. He has had teaching positions at Massey University (NZ), Keele University (UK), and now the University of Kent, where he is Reader in Psychology. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters on topics such as justice, inequality, gender, the fear of crime, feedback and causal explanation. He has also acted as a consultant on projects in environmental and community psychology. He serves on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Social Psychology, the British Journal of Social Psychology and the Journal of Language and Social Psychology. With Matthew Hornsey and Karen Douglas, Robbie edited Feedback: The Communication of Praise, Criticism and Advice. Karen Douglas was born in Blackburn, England and grew up in the Hunter Valley, Australia. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle and her PhD at the Australian National University. Karen moved back to the UK to take up a lectureship at Keele University and later moved to the University of Kent where she is now a Reader in Psychology. Karen has many research interests, most notably on the social psychology of conspiracy theories, language and communication, and the psychology of the internet, having published and taught broadly in these areas. She has been an associate editor for the European Journal of Social Psychology, Social Psychology and the British Journal of Social Psychology.
"From the outset this book unites contemporary social issues with the scientific practice of social psychology, presenting the foundations of the discipline in a clear, engaging and relevant way. I think this text would make a fantastic first encounter with the discipline." - Julian A. Oldmeadow, University of York, UK "A highly accessible, inspiring, and up-to-date overview of the field and Sutton and Douglas manage to describe the most interesting research findings that social psychology has to offer, along with recognizable real-life implications and all the challenges of doing research. I recommend any lecturer to use this as their core text, as it will stimulate students to learn more about our exciting discipline." - Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands "A bracingly original social psychology text. Unlike many examples of the genre, it speaks with a truly international voice and takes an appreciative and inclusive stance towards the diversity of approaches within its field. Most important of all, the book is fun and engaging to read." - Nick Haslam, University of Melbourne, Australia "Engaging and insightful with clear links between academic theory and the wider world." - Fay Short, Bangor University, UK "As social psychology expands its scope, methodologies, and applications, it is becoming increasingly difficult to distil the fundamentals in a textbook, while also keeping an eye on current perspectives and directions. Sutton and Douglas achieve this and even more."- Konstantinos Kafetsios, University of Crete, Greece