Social psychology

Jonathan Potter
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Social psychology is often defined as the study of the interface between the individual and society. It has never been a unified discipline. Between the two World Wars partially distinct traditions of research and theory developed in US psychology and sociology departments. So called sociological social psychology (or ‘micro-sociology’) shared many of the concerns of its psychological counterpart, but also included perspectives such as the symbolic interactionism of George Mead and Charles Cooley, and later the work of Talcott Parsons.

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