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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 815–817. Reviews the book, Perspectives on Social Psychology edited by Clyde Hendrick (see record 1978-31663-000). This edited book contains five long and substantial chapters, each discussing an interesting aspect of social gap by reviewing an area that deserves greater attention from social psychologists. The the chapters present important material well, professionals can further their continuing education by reading this volume. It is less clear how instructors of social psychology courses might best use the book in their teaching. Despite Hendrick's intention that the book provide “elementary overviews,” the material is too demanding for undergraduates, with the possible exception of advanced undergraduates at selective colleges and universities. The chapters are more appropriate for graduate courses. Still, the book is highly recommended to instructors who are willing to move beyond both the traditional topics and the trendy new research areas in order to provide students with an appreciation of the diversity of approaches to the understanding of social behavior. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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