The Psychology of Class gives a comprehensive account of psychological and other research into social class using data from Britain, the USA and elsewhere. By addressing differences in social class, he broadens the perspective of social psychological research. He uses sociological research, but fills important gaps, such as the effect of achievement motivation and other personality variables on social mobility. He also provides explanations for sociological findings such as the effect of social class on health. The Psychology of Social Class describes the class system in Britain, compares it with others in the modern world and looks at the historical development of class and attempts to abolish it. Psychological models of class are discussed, and hierachies in small groups and social organizations are examined. A detailed account is also given of class differences in behaviour and beliefs and Argyle covers such aspects as marriage, friendship, speech style, personality, sexual behaviour, crime, religion and leisure. Finally, he examines the images people have of the class system. The Psychology of Social Class also looks at the effects of class on well-being and discusses possible explanations of class differences in terms of genetics, socialisation, work experience, differences in lifestyle and the sheer effects of social status.Reseña del editor:
Social class is a compelling issue and important issue. Many problems are connected to it - crime, poverty, ill health, mental disorder and political unrest, for example. Just how and why is our behaviour influenced by our social class? In his latest book leading social psychologist Michael Argyle gives a detailed account of class differences in relationships, sex, work and leisure, religion, crime, speech, values, social mobililty and a host of other fascinating areas to provide the first account of the psychology of class difference for many years.
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