Understanding Critical Social Psychology
- Keith Tuffin - Massey University, New Zealand
Social Psychology (General)
`It is written in a beautifully clear, engaging and conversational style which will make the book accessible and appealing to those encountering critical ideas for the first time.... Students will find the book both interesting and easy to read, and their lecturers will find it a valuable teaching resource. I will certainly be recommending it to my second and third year undergraduates' - Viv Burr, University of Huddersfield
Understanding Critical Social Psychology is an exciting new textbook providing a comprehensive and reader-friendly approach to the theories and methods surrounding Critical Social Psychology. For students taking a course in Critical Social Psychology, this book combines a critical examination of the traditional philosophies, practices and topics with an emphasis on introducing innovative and contemporary developments in social psychological research. In this way, Tuffin integrates newer insights with established modes of thinking.
Key Features of this book include:
" Student-friendly structure - contains numerous features suitable for undergraduate course use such as section summaries, further reading and a tutorial which answers students' questions about critical social psychology.
" Broad framework - Positions newer insights in relation to the historical, theoretical and ideological roots of social psychology. Ideal for students taking a Critical Social Psychology module having already studied a mainstream course.
" Applied focus - Understanding Critical Social Psychology tackles key themes in the discipline i.e. prejudice, politics, identity and emotions from critical perspectives.
Written in a clear and accessible style, with illustrative data, detailed chapter summaries and key readings at the end of each section, it will be welcomed by undergraduates seeking to develop their understanding of critical social psychology.
A good and exciting insight in the critical approaches to social psychology, particularly easy to go through and engaging for undergraduates.
This is a good and easy book to read but seems to miss out on the variety of examples (e.g. education, marketing, management etc)
I found this book very engaging and full of interesting ideas in relation to contemporary social psychology. What was particularly refreshing was the fact that, unlike other similar critiques of this type, it seems to stay true to the key ideas inherent to the discipline of social pychology, rather than having to lean to heavily on more sociological aspects of social psychology, such as feminism, marxism & neo-liberalist ideas.
I will be adopting this book as an essentil reading for my advanced social psychology course as I believe that it establishes appropriate links bertween the introductory and advanced courses and is written in a clear language for students with interesting research examples.