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Classic and Contemporary Perspectives in Social Psychology is a reader designed to accompany textbooks such as Sandstrom, Martin, and Fine's Symbols, Selves, and Social Reality, 2nd edition (Oxford, 2007) . It is a comprehensive collection of primary source materials from the fields of sociology and psychology, combining classical studies from influential researchers with contemporary sources. Editor introductions and strong pedagogical features help to make the readings more accessible, and encourage students to experience the classics through the lens of cutting-edge, contemporary issues.
Sharon Preves is the Chair of the Sociology Department and an Associate Professor at Hamline University. She is interested in the structure of social privilege based on gender, power, and normative position. Her research focuses include medical ethics, gender, and sexuality.
Jeylan T. Mortimer is a Professor at the University of Minnesota. Her current research is centered on the "Youth Development Study," supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which examines pathways through the transition to adulthood, mental health and attainment, and how parental trajectories from adolescence to adulthood influence their children.
Table of Contents
I. UNDERSTANDING AND STUDYING SOCIAL LIFE A. The Social Construction of Reality Classic: 1. "Body Ritual among the Nacirema," Horace Miner 2. "Death as Theater: A Dramaturgical Analysis of the American Funeral," Ralph Turner and Charles Edgley Contemporary: 3. "The Smile Factory: Work at Disneyland," John Van Maanen B. Studying Social Life Classic: 4. "Whose Side Are We On?" Howard S. Becker 5. "Can You Really Study an Army in the Laboratory?" Morris Zelditch Contemporary: 6. "Methodological Approach to Social Psychology," Gary Alan Fine, James S. House, and Karen S. Cook II. THE PERSON IN SOCIETY A. Socialization Classic: 7. "Becoming a Marihuana User," Howard S. Becker Contemporary: 8. "Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families," Annette Lareau 9. "Working and Becoming Adult," Jeylan T. Mortimer B. Symbolic Communication and Language Classic: 10. "Final Note on a Case of Extreme Isolation," Kingsley Davis Contemporary: 11. "Language and Patriarchy," William M. O'Barr C. Social Perception and Cognition Classic: 12. "Forming Impressions of Personalities," Solomon E. Asch Contemporary: 13. "When the Light's on and Nobody's Home," and "Decreasing Prejudice by Increasing Discrimination," Ellen Langer 14. "Self-Processes and Emotional Experiences," Morris Rosenberg D. Self-Presentation and Impression Management Classic: 15. "Regions and Region Behavior," Erving Goffman Contemporary: 16. "From 'Nerds' to 'Normals': The Recovery of Identity among Adolescents from Middle School to High School," David A. Kinney III. INTERACTION IN GROUPS A. Interpersonal Attraction and Relationships Classic: 17. "The Nature of Love: A Researcher's Odyssey," Zick Rubin Contemporary: 18. "'Cooling Out' Men in Singles Bars and Night Clubs: Observations on the Interpersonal Survival Strategies of Women in Public Places," David A. Snow, Cherylon Robinson, and Patricia L. McCall 19. "Changing Our Yesterdays: Reconstruction of Early Relationship Memories," Diane Holmberg, Terri L. Orbuch, and Joseph Veroff B. The Definition of the Situation Classic: 20. "The Psychology of Imprisonment: Privation, Power, and Pathology," Philip G. Zimbardo, Craig Haney, W. Curtis Banks, and David Jaffe Contemporary: 21. "When Women Abuse Power, Too," Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert 22. "The Psychology of Evil: Situated Character Transformations," Philip G. Zimbardo C. Conformity and Obedience Classic: 23. "Effects of Group Pressure Upon the Modification and Distortion of Judgments," Solomon E. Asch 24. "Behavioral Study of Obedience," Stanley Milgram Contemporary: 25. "The My Lai Massacre: A Military Crime of Obedience," Herbert C. Kelman and V. Lee Hamilton D. Helping and Altruism Classic: 26. "Social Determinants of Bystander Intervention in Emergencies," Bibb Latané and John M. Darley Contemporary: 27. "Aid in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Inferences of Secondary Emotions and Intergroup Helping," Amy J. C. Cuddy, Mindi S. Rock, and Michael I. Norton 28. "Giving to Others during National Tragedy: The Effects of Altruistic and Egoistic Motivations on Long-Term Giving," Rachel L. Piferi, Rebbeca L. Jobe, and Warren H. Jones E. Group Process and Performance Classic: 29. "Superordinate Goals in the Reduction of Intergroup Conflict," Muzafer Sherif Contemporary: 30. "Shared Fantasy: Role Playing Games as Social Worlds," Gary Alan Fine IV. CONSTRUCTING A SOCIAL SELF Comic Strip: "F Minus, "Cell Block D" A. The Social Self Classic: 31. "The Social Self," Charles Horton Cooley 32. "The Self," George Herbert Mead Contemporary: 33. "Social Space, the Final Frontier: Adolescents on the Internet," Kate Hellenga B. Deviance and Labeling Classic: 34. "On Being Sane in Insane Places," David L. Rosenhan 35. "The Discovery of Hyperkinesis: Notes on the Medicalization of Deviant Behavior," Peter Conrad 36. "Coming Out and Crossing Over: Identity Formation and Proclamation in a Transgender Community," Patricia Gangé, Richard Tewksbury, and Deanna McGaughey C. Stigma Classic: 37. "Having the Abortion" and "Moving On: Restructuring Social Worlds and Establishing Closure, Mary K. Zimmerman Contemporary: 38. "Managing Emotions in Public: The Case of Wheelchair Users," Spencer E. Cahill and Robin Eggleston 39. "Confronting Deadly Disease: The Drama of Identity Construction among Gay Men with AIDS," Kent L. Sandstrom V. SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY A. Race and Ethnicity Classic: 40. "Of Our Spiritual Strivings," W.E.B. Du Bois 41. "That Powerful Drop," Langston Hughes Contemporary: 42. "Medicalization of Racial Features: Asian American Women and Cosmetic Surgery," Eugenia Kaw 43. "The Blacker the Berry: Gender, Skin Tone, Self-Esteem, and Self-Efficacy," Maxine S. Thompson and Verna M. Keith B. Social Class Classic: 44. "Social Class and Parental Values," Melvin Kohn Contemporary: 45. "The Interactive Relationship between Class Identity and College Experience: The Case of Lower Income Students," Elizabeth Aries and Maynard Seider 46. "Teenagers in Clarendon Heights: The Hallway Hangers and the Brothers," Jay MacLeod C. Gender Classic: 47. "Men and Women of the Corporation: The Population," Rosabeth Moss Kanter Contemporary: 48. "Gendered Jobs and Gendered Workers," "Riding the Glass Escalator," and "Masculinity in 'Feminine' Occupations," Christine L. Williams 49. "Drag Kinging and the Transformation of Gender Identities," Eve Shapiro VI. CHANGING WORLDS, CHANGING SELVES A. Global and Postmodern Identities Classic: 50. "The Stranger," Georg Simmel Contemporary: 51. "What of the Children? Emerging Homes and Identities," Yen Le Espiritu 52. "The New Adulthood? The Transition to Adulthood from the Perspective of Transitioning Young Adults," Douglas Hartmann and Teresa Toguchi Swartz B. Border Patrol: Insiders and Outsiders Classic: 53. "A Social Distance Scale," Emory Bogardus 54. "Atheists as 'Other': Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society," Penny Edgell, Joseph Gerteis, and Douglass Hartmann 55. "Terrorism, Identity, and Public Order: A Perspective From Goffman," Andrew Weigert C. The Power of Belief: Collective Action and Social Movements Classic: 56. "Unfulfilled Prophecies and Disappointed Messiahs," Leon Festinger, Henry Riecken, and Stanley Schacter Contemporary: 57. "Out of the O.R. and Into the Streets: Exploring the Impact of Intersex Media Activism," Sharon Preves