The Future of Social Psychology: A Projective Test?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1174–1175. 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 previous reviewers have the good fortune to work in a setting in which interaction between the two social psychologies is the norm, so they have firsthand experience with its benefits. Even so, their review encourages us. If half the people who read our book respond so positively and thoughtfully, social psychology can only benefit. From our perspective, the central thesis of the book is that factors such as disciplinary ethnocentrism and institutional barriers limit intercommunication between psychological social psychology and sociological social psychology, this isolation hurts social psychology as a whole and each of us as social psychologists. Miller's description of the views of the authors of the book is so overdrawn as to be inaccurate. Yes, the authors all have criticisms of social psychology, among them the view that the social psychologies are too inbred and specialized, the facts of tenure and promotion do make it difficult to do certain kinds of valuable work, particularly early in one's career. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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