Social Cognition, Social Identity, and Intergroup Relations

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Social Cognition, Social Identity, and Intergroup Relations

By Roderick M. Kramer, Geoffrey J. Leonardelli, Robert W. Livingston
Psychology Press, New York, 2011

Perhaps the defining feature of humanity is the social condition — how we think about others, identify ourselves with others, and interact with groups of others. The advances of evolutionary theory, social cognition, social identity, and intergroup relations, respectively, as major fields of inquiry have been among the crowning theoretical developments in social psychology over the past three decades. Marilynn Brewer has been a leading intellectual figure in the advancement of each of them. Her theory and research have had international impact on the way we think about the self and its relation to others. This festschrift celebrates Marilynn’s numerous contributions to social psychology, and includes original contributions from both leading and rising social psychologists from around the world.

*Award, Best Books of 2011, Center for Optimal Human Development.

Selected Editorial Reviews
A wonderful collection of intriguing and far reaching essays that honor one of social psychology’s most powerful and creative thinkers. That each chapter both makes an original contribution and addresses the legacy of Professor Brewer attests to the breadth and richness of her intellectual scope. Marilynn Brewer deserves a fitting Festschrift volume and this is it.
Dale T. Miller, Stanford Graduate School of Business
The book covers a lot but its organization into three parts helps readers orient themselves around Marilyn Brewer’s lasting impact on the field. For social psychological and organizational behaviour scholars, there are sure to be chapters here of relevance and importance to their own work. ... Professor Marilyn B. Brewer is well deserving of all 423 pages.
Katherine W. Phillips, Columbia Business School
This volume documents, in the chapters by several generations of leading social psychologists, the enduring conceptual and empirical impact that Marilynn Brewer’s scholarship, mentorship, and professional vision and leadership have had on the field. The book not only highlights her many significant contributions and chronicles her innovative insights, but also reveals how these contributions reflect an integrated, penetrating analysis of group life, social cognition, identity, and meaning. The book builds on Marilynn Brewer’s previous accomplishments to chart the course of social psychology well into the future.
John Dovidio, Yale University
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