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Sociocultural Perspectives in Social Psychology : Current Readings

Sociocultural Perspectives in Social Psychology : Current Readings - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0132418607

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Sociocultural Perspectives in Social Psychology : Current Readings - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0132418607

Letitia A. Peplau and Shelley E. Taylor

ISBN13: 978-0132418607
ISBN10: 0132418606
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Published: 1997
International: No

A first of its kind, this innovative supplementary text offers students the most current findings on sociocultural issues in social psychology. Presented with a multicultural perspective, this collection of readings complements a basic textbook with new research and concepts about culture, ethnic minorities, and established principles as they relate to standard topics of social psychology. The readings in this book are derived from primary sources written by renowned authors, and reflect the field's diverse methods for conducting research. Context-setting introductions and critical thinking questions encourage students to carefully consider each topic's applications--and implications--both in and out of the classroom.

Focuses on a broad spectrum of cultural and ethnic populations, taking into account the experiences of:

African-Americans, Latino/Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Native Americans as well as the traditionally covered White, middle-class Americans.

Several cultures outside the United States: Brazil, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Korea, and others.

Presents 19 primary source articles by leading scholars representing cutting-edge research on multicultural issues. The articles:

Were independently evaluated by a panel of undergraduates for their interest, readability, and comprehensibility.
Include both recent empirical studies and conceptual papers that review a body of literature.

Exposes students to outstanding examples of diverse research methods:

Includes both experimental and correlational designs-- various methods of data collection include questionnaires, interviews, telephone surveys, and daily interaction diaries.

Begins with a chapter explaining the basic ingredients in a sociocultural perspective, offering advice about how to read a research report in psychology, and introducing basic statistical terms that students may find unfamiliar.

Includes a Guide to Sociocultural Resources in Social Psychology -- with information about relevant journals, recent books, films, videos, fiction, and first-person accounts that can enrich an understanding of culture.

Provides an introduction for each article, indicating how the article uses a sociocultural perspective.

Contains critical-thinking and discussion questions for each article that encourage students to examine the arguments, evidence, and methods presented, and to consider applications of the research to their own lives; and to courses they may be taking in psychology.

Complements each of 17 basic topics in social psychology, and may be readily incorporated into a traditional reading list. Provides a table indicating which readings address each topic:

Attitude change/persuasion.
Environmental psychology.
Groups/intergroup relations.
Interpersonal attraction.
Person perception.
Personal/intimate relationships.
Prosocial behavior/helping.
Social cognition.
Social influence.
Offers flexibility in order/organization.

Author Bio

Peplau, Letitia Anne : University of California - LA

Taylor, Shelley E. : University of California - LA

Table of Contents

To the Reader.
A Guide to Sociocultural Resources in Social Psychology, Rosemary C. Veniegas and Letitia Anne Peplau.


1. The Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race in American Psychology, Hector Betancourt and Steven Regeser Lopez.

2. College Sophomores in the Laboratory: Influences of a Narrow Data Base on Psychology's View of Human Nature, David O. Sears.

3. "Most of the Subjects Were White and Middle Class": Trends in Published Research on African Americans in Selected APA Journals, 1970-1989, Sandra Graham.


4. Standing Out and Standing In: The Psychology of Control in America and Japan, John R. Weisz, Fred M. Rothbaum, and Thomas C. Blackburn.

5. Token Status and Problem-Solving Deficits: Detrimental Effects of Distinctiveness and Performance Monitoring, Delia S. Saenz.

6. Perceptions of Social Responsibilities in India and in the United States: Moral Imperatives or Personal Decisions?, Joan G. Miller, David M. Bersoff, and Robin L. Harwood.

7. Universals and Cultural Differences in the Judgments of Facial Expressions of Emotions, Paul Ekman and Associates.


8. Culture and the Self: Implications for Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation, Hazel Rose Markus and Shinobu Kitayama.

9. Persuasion and Culture: Advertising Appeals in Individualistic and Collectivistic Societies, Sang-Pil Han and Sharon Shavitt.

10. Psychological Impact of Biculturalism: Evidence and Theory, Teresa LaFromboise, Hardin L.K. Coleman, and Jennifer Gerton.

11. Negotiating Social Identity When Contexts Change: Maintaining Identification and Responding to Threat, Kathleen A. Ethier and Kay Deaux.


12. Collectivism-Individualism in Everyday Social Life: The Middle Kingdom and the Melting Pot, Ladd Wheeler, Harry T. Reis, and Michael Harris Bond.

13. Individualistic and Collectivistic Perspectives on Gender and the Cultural Context of Love and Intimacy, Karen K. Dion and Kenneth L. Dion.

14. Cooperation-Competition and Self-Esteem: A Case of Cultural Relativism, Spencer Kagan and George P. Knight.

15. Violence and U.S. Regional Culture, Richard E. Nisbett.


16. Race and the Schooling of Black Americans, Claude M. Steele.

17. The Sociocultural Context of African-American and White American Women's Rape, Gail Elizabeth Wyatt.

18. The Pace of Life, Robert V. Levine.

19. Cultural Perspectives on International Negotiations, Paul R. Kimmel.

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