Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: March 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939645 | Print ISBN: 9781412916080 | Online ISBN: 9781412939645 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 14: Social Psychology
J. DAVID KNOTTNERUS
Social psychology While social psychology has played a vital role in sociology during the twentieth century, the nature of this role has changed through the years. Earlier in the century, social psychology was viewed by many as a separate body of research distinct from other, more accepted parts of sociology. Today, however, this field occupies a much more central role in the discipline, increasingly interconnected with other areas of sociological research. In this chapter, the nature and history of social psychology will be addressed, with special attention to key developments in this area, especially in recent decades. An event critical to the formalization of the field of social psychology in sociology was the founding of the journal Social Psychology Quarterly (first titled Sociometry ) in 1937 by the American Sociological Association (ASA). Furthermore, social psychology forms a major section within the ASA. Among its activities are the publication of a ...