The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social Interaction
"?This book covers a wide variety of areas in social psychology with a collection of interesting and engaging readings that the students, graduate teaching assistants, and I all enjoy. The readings promote critical thinking and analysis about the social worlds in which we live. This text stands out from the other social psychology readers available because of the selections? large breadth, reasonable lengths, and interest to students.'? "-- Laura Fingerson? "University"" of Wisconsin,"" Milwaukee" Now in its Fourth Edition, The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social Interaction once again engagingly introduces students to the major theories, concepts, and perspectives in contemporary social psychology. This long popular text/reader, distinguished by its eclectic and fascinating essays, explores the principles which explain how we, as individuals, come to know and define ourselves in society. Key Features: Offers students a unique approach to reality construction by combing micro and macro perspectives, while most other books ?stay at the micro level?Includes strong ?framing essays? that enhance the readings to really teach the principles underlying sociological social psychologyProvides a wide variety of applied readings chosen from popular literature as well as from peer-reviewed journals relating to students? interests New to the Fourth Edition: Includes updated readings for today?'s society?22 of the 47 applied readings are new to this editionSub-parts nowhave Introductions to the readings that followConcludes each essay with thought provoking questions to help students apply the readings to their study and to their livesProvides a matrix that brings together the key concepts presented in the book to the individual readings, making it easier for instructors to adapt to their curriculum The Production of Reality is designed for undergraduate students studying Social Psychology in Sociology departments. It can also be used in a variety of other courses including Social Theory, Modern and Post-Modern Sociology, and Human Behavior and the Social Environment.
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I had to read this book for my Social Psychology course at Montana State University. I can say that it truly changed my life and in a very big way. Reality is constructed by every word we say, every move we make. Each article feeds off one another and creates a very effective argument for Social Constructionism and Symbolic Interactionism