Two Views of : A Kernel of an IdealThe Future of Social Psychology: A Kernel of an Ideal

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1173. Reviews the book, The Future of Social Psychology: Defining the Relationship Between Sociology and Psychology edited by C. W. Stephan, W. G. Stephan, and T. F. Pettigrew (1991). The title of this collection of original essays is misleading. Neither trends nor new ideas in social psychology are discussed herein. Rather, the eight essays are more narrowly focused on the prospects of and problems with the unification of the two (or three) social psychologies. Underlying this primary focus and contextualizing the discussion is the notion that social psychology is in crisis. Too many pages are spent rehashing this tiresome debate, and there is more than a little nostalgia within the essays. Many of the authors decry the increased specializing, fragmenting, manic operationahzing, and trivializing of social psychology, particularly among psychologists. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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