George Herbert Mead on Social Psychology

ISBN-10: 0226516652

ISBN-13: 9780226516653

Edition: 1977

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One of the most brilliantly original of American pragmatists, George Herbert Mead published surprisingly few major papers and not a single book during his lifetime. Yet his influence on American sociology and social psychology since World War II has been exceedingly strong. This volume is a revised and enlarged edition of the book formerly published under the title The Social Psychology of George Herbert Mead. It contains selections from Mead's posthumous books: Mind, Self, and Society; Movements of Thought in the Nineteenth Century; The Philosophy of the Act; and The Philosophy of the Present, together with an incisive, newly revised, introductory essay by Anselm Strauss on the importance of Mead for contemporary social psychology. "Required reading for the social scientist."--Milton L. Barron, Nation
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1977
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/1964
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

George Herbert Mead, an American social psychologist, taught at the University of Chicago for his entire career. The task he set for himself was to explain how humans learn to think in abstractions, become self-conscious, and behave purposefully and morally. He contended that these attributes rest on language and are acquired and maintained through group life. Social psychology, for Mead, was the study of regularities in individual behavior that result from participation in groups. Mead was very much influenced by pragmatist philosophers, especially John Dewey and Charles H. Cooley. He was something of a cult figure during and after his lifetime; he published no books, and his posthumous books were reconstructed from his notes and from the notes of students. He was a man far ahead of his time, and many of the concepts he developed at the turn of the century are widely accepted today: the selective nature of perception, cognition through linguistic symbols, role playing, decision processes, reference groups, and socialization through participation in group activities.

Introduction
Evolution Becomes a General Idea
The Problem of Society—How We Become Selves
The Nature of Scientific Knowledge
Mind Approached through Behavior—Can Its Study Be Made Scientific?
The Process of Mind in Nature
Mind
Self
Society
Auguste Comte
Cooley's Contribution to American Social Thought
Henri Bergson
History and the Experimental Method
Time
The Objective Reality of Perspectives Bibliography The Writings of
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