Expectation states theory: A theoretical research program

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 343. Reviews the book, Expectation states theory: A theoretical research program edited by Joseph Berger, Thomas L. Conner, and M. Hamit Fisek (1974). Expectation states theory was originally developed to help explain the emergence of power and prestige hierarchies in informal task-oriented groups. Seven sociologists report in this book on their research programs conducted within the complex theoretical structure that is now termed expectation states theory. This will be a difficult book for psychologists to follow and assimilate since there is little or no attempt made to integrate the theory and research reported here with contemporary psychological theory and research on related problems. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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