E. Tory Higgins

Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology

Coauthor(s): Paul A. M. Van Lange, Arie Kruglanski.


Providing a comprehensive exploration of the major developments of social psychological theories that have taken place over the past half century, this innovative two-volume handbook is a state of the art overview of the primary theories and models that have been developed in this vast and fascinating field.

Authored by leading international experts, each chapter represents a personal and historical narrative of the theory's development including the inspirations, critical junctures, and problem-solving efforts that effected theoretical choices and determined the theory's impact and its evolution. Unique to this handbook, these narratives provide a rich background for understanding how theories are created, nurtured, and shaped over time, and examining their unique contribution to the field as a whole. To examine its societal impact, each theory is evaluated in terms of its applicability to better understanding and solving critical social issues and problems.

Exact Citation:
Higgins, E. Tory, Paul A. M. Van Lange, and Arie Kruglanski, eds. Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology. London: SAGE, 2012.
Place: London
Date: 2012