Social psychology, an integrative interpretation

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Reviews the book, Social psychology, an integrative interpretation by S. Stansfield Sargent (1950). It has become possible to bring together with no raucous discord the contributions of psychologists and sociologists and those of anthropologists and psychiatrists. Thus, Sargent feels that “the time is ripe for a broadening of specialized viewpoints and for the attainment of a better integration” (p. 111). In order to accomplish this purpose the present text takes into account three approaches, (1) learning and motivation, (2) the social situation, and (3) the way in which a person perceives and interprets the social situation. The book addresses itself to the task of “integrating the individual and group approaches —studying social behavior in terms of participating individuals” (p. 3). The book evolved from a collaborative course in social psychology at Barnard College taught by the late Willard W. Waller and Sargent. Although alone responsible for the present volume, Sargent does not neglect the sociological approach. The book will serve as a stimulating and highly teachable text wherever social psychology is presented from the viewpoint of situational as well as personal determinants of social behavior. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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