The Eighth Edition of this classic text provides a basic introduction to the field of social psychology. Taking a critical symbolic interactionist approach, Social Psychology helps students understand the very nature of how individuals do things together in today's society. The book has been significantly revised taking into consideration a number of recent turns in the field, such as: the increased sense that American social psychology is deeply embedded in world culture; that postmodernism has much to offer the sudy of the social world; and that new theories on sexuality, identity, deviance and the body provide a fascinating viewpoint on a person within society.

Reading the Interaction Order

Reading the interaction order

The five chapters in Part IV return to our opening themes of freedom, constraint, and existential crises in human societies. The everyday world of social interaction is this chapter's topic. The issues we discuss include the interaction order; race, gender, and public, civil society; rules and roles; social situations; social relationships and identities; status passage and interaction; and awareness contexts. We begin by situating the interaction order within the cinematic society, that social formation that knows itself through the reflected gaze of the television and movie camera. We then locate this society in its contemporary, historical moment.

The Cinematic Society

In the space of 30 years (1900–1930), cinema became an integral part of American society.1 Going to the movies became ...

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