As an applied science, social psychology has tremendous potential to provide insight into many aspects of our social world. This text looks at the subject, using significant social themes to illustrate how multiple perspectives can work to help understand the complexities of real life issues.
As an applied science standing at the crossroads of so many disciplines, social psychology should have great potential for offering insight into countless aspects of our social lives. But teachers and students of social psychology often lament that the relevance of the subject to 'the real world' can remain obscure, as can the applicability of theories and models which continue to provide th4e foundation of the subdiscipline. Applying Social Psychology really does apply social psychology. It not only considers research which has been applied directly to social issues but also evaluates the process whereby social psychology has been and can be applied to an understanding of the social world.
Working to a common format in each chapter, the text is organised around key aspects of our lives (including work, education, health, sport, conflict, communication, economic life, crime, the environment), illustrating how multiple perspectives can work together to help understand the complexities of our social world.
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About John Kremer
JOHN KREMER is Reader in Applied Social Psychology at Queen's University, Belfast where he has worked since 1980. He combines his academic post with work as a consultant, dealing with organisations in relation to equality and diversity issues. In 2000 he was a recipient of the annual British Psychological Society prize for challenging inequality. Previous books include Women's Working Lives, Psychology in Sport, Young People's Involvement in Sport and Gender and Psychology.
NOEL SHEEHY is Professor of Psychology at Queen's University, Belfast and editor of Current Psychology. He has been working in multi-disciplinary teams examining a range of social psychological processes for more than twenty years.
JACQUELINE REILLY is Lecturer in Psychology at Queen's University, Belfast. Her research interests include a range of health issues particularly in relation to gender. She has been involved in a number of research projects examining gender in relation to mental and physical health.
KAREN TREW is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Queen's University, Belfast.
ORLA MULDOON is Lecturer in Psychology at Queen's University, Belfast.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- The Environment.- Work.- Health and Illness.- The Community.- Communication and the Media.- Education.- Economic Life and Consumerism.- Crime and the Law.- Sport, Exercise and Leisure.
Applying Social Psychology by John Kremer
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