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Social Interaction and Personal Relationships

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April 1996 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`The team has achieved an admirable overall coherence in representing the range of ideas, methodologies and modes of analysis that will be found in this area of social life.... it is likely to find a place on the reading lists of many future social psychology courses' - Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology

Relationships play a central part in people's lives, and a number of exciting interdisciplinary perspectives have recently emerged to shed new light on what it means to be in a relationship with another human being. This volume offers an authoritative yet accessible examination of a wide variety of these perspectives, drawing from a broader than usual range of material and including considerable reference to clinical contexts and case-studies.

Overall, this book provides an introduction to the cutting edge of research about human relationships and interactions, engaging readers in a debate central not only to academic researchers and clinicans but to their own lives.

This is the course text for The Open University course Social Psychology: Personal Lives, Social Worlds (D317).

Jerome Bruner
Foreword
Dorothy Miell and Rudi Dallos
Introduction
Exploring Interactions and Relationships  
Alan Radley
Relationships in Detail
The Study of Social Interaction  
Rudi Dallos
Creating Relationships
Kerry Thomas
The Psychodynamics of Relating
Rudi Dallos
Change and Transformations of Relationships
Dorothy Miell and Rosaleen Croghan
Examining the Wider Context of Social Relationships
Conclusions Dorothy Miell and Rudi Dallos
 
READINGS
Robert Hinde
Gender Differences in Close Relationships
Arlene Vetere
A Gender Sensitive Perspective on Personal Relationships
Michael Argyle
The Experimental Study of Relationships
Richard Stevens
A Humanistic Approach to Relationships
Graham Allan
A Sociological Perspective

`[This book has] a lively style of presentation... The team has achieved an admirable overall coherence in representing the range of ideas, methodologies and modes of analysis that will be found in this area of social life... The organization of this book through theme-based chapters is logical and developmental, and its material is well communicated... accurate, concise and contemporary. Its special features... would certainly be attractive to serious readers interested in how social psychology applies to familiar areas of life, and it is likely to find a place on the reading lists of many future social psychology courses.' - Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology

`Exactly how should textbook writers handle the jangling differences that characterize current scholarship on relationship? Miell, Dallos and their colleagues have admirably taken up this challenge.... The book is an achievement, both for its framework about relationships and for its instructional solution to the task of teaching contrasting theories.... Social Interaction and Personal Relationships succeeds as a textbook that teaches important ideas about interaction and relationships. The text should be seriously considered for any basic undergraduate course on the subject, as it offers an intellectually defensible viewpoint and demonstrates the value of adopting an interdisciplinary stance toward relationship study' - Contemporary Psychology

`This is an extremely attractive book, well produced and well written... beckoning the reader to explore it. A prime aim is to engage the reader "in a debate central not only to academic researchers and clinicians but to their own lives", and it doubtless succeeds in this... The book covers a tremendous range and I found it very impressive... It is aimed not only at undergraduates but also at a wider, non-academic readership. It is sufficiently interesting and stimulating to attract this wider readership, as well as giving a social psychology overview and context which will be invaluable to students of the subject' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`The book offers an exciting and integrated new perspective on relationships that is both thorough and stimulating... I think it is a most successful restructuring of the material that is valuable in itself independently of its obvious merits as a course text' - Steve Duck, University of Iowa

`This excellent book breathes new life into social psychology. It examines how different theoretical perspectives can be brought to bear in understanding everyday social life - relationships between friends, lovers, therapists and clients... But it looks at these from the viewpoint not only of standard disciplines like sociology, biology and psychology, but also in the light of systems theory, feminism and other fresh viewpoints' - Jerome Bruner, New York University

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