Handbook containing 23 chapters by leading researchers from around the world. It is a state of the art text with an eye to the future, in which rich integrative chapters are thorough analytic reviews. The chapters fall into 5 sections that reflect the scope of social psychology as a global scientific endeavour - history and nature of social psychology, individual processes, interpersonal processes, processes within groups, and intergroup processes and society.
Brings together an array of distinguished scholars to explore key concepts, theories, & findings pertaining to some of the most fundamental issues in social life: the conditions under which people are kind & helpful to others or, conversely, under which they commit harmful, even murderous, acts. Covered are such topics as the complex interaction of individual, societal, & situational factors underpinning good or evil behavior; the role of guilt & the self-concept; & issues of responsibility and motivation, including why good people do bad things.
The book examines the basic underpinnings of everyday interaction: from how we think, to who we see ourselves and others to be, to how we interact with others. Each of these processes is based on both social psychology and gender (as differentiated from sex), as well as our racial backgrounds, ethnic heritages, socioeconomic circumstances, sexualities, and national histories. The authors present and critique each of the major theories of social psychology, social exchange, social cognition, and symbolic interaction.
The Social Psychology of Exercise and Sport examines the role that social psychology has in the explanation of exercise and sport behavior. It devotes considerable attention to key social psychological issues within the two disciplines, exercise behavior for health reasons, and the behavior of competitive sport participants and the spectators of elite sport.