Source Book for Social Psychology

Source Book for Social Psychology

Source Book for Social Psychology

Source Book for Social Psychology

Excerpt

This book is designed for the college or university student and for the general reader who would know more specifically what the principal features of social psychology are. If the layman finds certain technical papers which he chooses to omit, he may do so without destroying the balance of the whole. It is advisable, though possibly not essential, that the student shall have had preparation in introductory psychology as well as in introductory social science. In the early chapters, however, there are materials of both sociological and psychological import which will furnish a working basis for any intelligent reader.

For classroom purposes the book provides materials to accompany a formal text, or it may be employed by itself as a basis for the usual course. With the class assignments and the data cited in the bibliographies there is sufficient material here for a semester's work. While many teachers prefer to use their own methods in organizing class work, ample suggestions are made for more extensive study. These suggestions are found in class assignments covering questions, exercises, special reports, and longer themes. Sources of more complete bibliographies are indicated throughout, so that the teacher and student may go into the whole field of social behavior by following out the clues given.

The introductory discussions constitute an integral part of the book and should be read by the student in order that he may understand more easily the particular selections. These discussions precede rather than follow the selections, since it is believed that they will assist the reader to read more intelligently and to perceive the bearing of the selections on one another and on the fundamental point of view.

Something should be said about the organization of the materials. It is the writer's view that the social behavior of individuals can not be understood without some knowledge of the nature of the social life and of the culture patterns to which the individual is exposed. He believes, moreover, that a more adequate approach to social psy-

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