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.

Language, Groups, and Social Structure

Language, Groups, and Social Structure

Language, groups, and social structure

In this chapter, we are concerned with the ways in which human group life structures language, its use, and its meanings. The emphasis on group life is both a necessity and a virtue—a necessity because all languages are rooted in groups, and a virtue because groups are at the core of the interests of sociological social psychologists.

Consensus and Human Groups

Coordinated group activity presupposes communication, shared goals, and shared perspectives. It is obvious that group activities are consequences of linguistic communication. Membership is essentially not a physical matter, but rather a question of how people think, how they conceptualize their social worlds and themselves, and how they relate themselves to others through the communication circuits available to ...

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