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The Field of Social Psychology
The field of social psychology

The chapters in Part I offer an overview of our conception of the field of social psychology. In this chapter we have two major goals. The first is to define and locate the field of social psychology within the human disciplines. The second is to make a statement concerning our position as social psychologists. We call our point of view critical symbolic interactionism and connect it to cultural studies and pragmatic, feminist social philosophy (see Denzin, 1992, 1997; Seigfried, 1996; Strauss, 1993; West, 1989).

A Definition of the Field

Social psychology is an interdisciplinary field located midway between sociology and psychology. It also occupies central places on the borderlines that separate anthropology, history, and literature (Benson, 1993). Sociologists ...

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