'The third edition of this popular and authoritative textbook has all the pluses of the earlier ones with additional and very welcome new material. The coverage is broad and balanced. The chapters are concise and state of the art, not only at the cutting edge in terms of the latest research and thinking, but beautifully and simply written at the same time as conveying an intellectually coherent and expert appraisal of the topic. Where else can one go for a succinct summary of what is known in an area, an introduction to the key issues, both classic and contemporary, and a scholarly overview as thoughtful and penetrating as anything to be found in a research monograph or journal article? If there is another social psychology text which even attempts this, I haven't found it. The strategy of having chapters individually authored by leading researchers in the area really works. As one would expect from Hewstone and Stroebe, the book is absolutely first-rate and a real pleasure to read.' John C. Turner, Australian National University 'Hewstone and Stroebe give you the best of both worlds: a textbook that has the readability of its American counterparts without sacrificing a high level of scientific discourse. Already a classic, the third edition of their Introduction to Social Psychology has even further improved not only through new chapters on hot topics (e.g. health psychology) but also through attractive editorial features, like learning questions, advance outlines, enhanced graphics and glossaries. The result is a perfect blend of reading pleasure and intellectual stimulation.' Fritz Strack, University of W rzburg 'The third edition of Introduction to Social Psychology, is an extensively revised edition that brings together an outstanding array of scholars in social psychology. The chapters, which are written by leading international scholars in their areas of expertise, reflect a nice balance between classic and the most current research, offer wonderful integrative insights, and are engagingly written for students taking their first course in social psychology. Students will appreciate the clear organization of the chapters, the relevant examples, and the guides and summaries throughout. Although the book is subtitled "A European Perspective", the information and insight the authors convey is exceptionally valuable for any student of social psychology. The editors, Hewstone and Stroebe, have done an excellent job in assembling a book that has coherence and continuity, that reflects the unique expertise of the contributors, and that will appeal to a broad range of students. The second edition of this book was an exemplary text; this edition is even better.' Jack Dovidio, Colgate UniversityVom Verlag:
Introduction to Social Psychology is a comprehensive and accessible introductory text for students of social psychology. Each chapter has been written by well-established researchers in the field who not only explain clearly the theory and research in their field of expertise but also manage to communicate their enthusiasm for their chosen field.The third edition retains the two distinctive features that have made the previous editions so successful. Firstly, each chapter is authored by leading European experts, giving a state of the art presentation of key works from America, Europe, Australasia, and indeed internationally. Secondly, material is presented in sufficient detail to give students a real understanding of theories and studies presented, rather than a superficial gloss on the field.There are also some extensive revisions in the new edition, in terms of who the authors are, what material is covered, and how it is presented: New authors - Seven of the chapters are written by experts who did not feature in the previous edition and the remaining chapters have been extensively revised. Explicit instructions from the editors have ensured an even writing style and integration between the 17 chapters, and careful editing draws out cross-references and helps the student to see how different topics interrelate. New material - New chapters include Cooperation and Competition in Social Interaction, Health Psychology, and Organizational Psychology. The last two new chapters reflect the increased attention paid to applications of social psychology. New presentation - New pedagogical features include chapter outlines, key concepts and learning questions. These help the reader to monitor their own progress and focus on the key principles. Together with The Blackwell Reader in Social Psychology and The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Psychology, this new edition presents a complete social psychology course for those looking to provide their students with a thorough and challenging introduction to this burgeoning field of study.
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