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.

Learning Language in Early Childhood

Learning language in early childhood

The three chapters that make up Part III discuss how the social object called child is produced by social groups in and through the process of language acquisition. In this chapter we turn to the issue of childhood socialization, taking up the topic of the acquisition of language and concepts in early childhood. We hope this analysis will provide a framework through which the reader may better grasp our earlier discussion of language. As social psychologists, we are obliged to devote a considerable amount of time to childhood socialization; the nexus between self and society lies in the socialization process. Any theory of how society is possible must be able to account for the social and ...

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