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.

Emotions and the Naming Process

Emotions and the Naming Process

Emotions and the naming process

In this chapter we take up the following topics: (a) the body and pain; (b) emotional experience; (c) madness, the uncanny, aphasia, and Alzheimer's disease; (d) body images, medicine, AIDS, and anorexia nervosa; and (e) opiate and other addictions. We intend to explore the internal environment of the human so that we can gain a deeper understanding of how language and symbols structure human experience. The topics addressed here reflect points of entry into the inner, symbolic world of the human body.

The Body and Pain

The human body, or the “lived body,” as Merleau-Ponty (1968, p. 256) calls it, is a complex structure. At one level, it is a physiological body and a sounding board for bodily ...

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