Sociology, Psychology And Social Psychology (and Social Science)
Published 1991 · Sociology
A little over a decade ago, I wrote one of the numerous papers of the 1970s analyzing the perceived “crisis” of social psychology of that time (House, 1977). My particular diagnosis of that crisis was that it reflected the division of social psychology into three increasingly isolated domains or faces: (1) psychological social psychology, (2) symbolic interactionism, and (3) what I termed psychological sociology or what is more often labelled as the study of social structure and personality. I saw the solution to the crisis in greater unification of, or at least interchange between, the three faces and their disparate substantive and methodological concerns, though I had only tentative ideas on how that might be achieved, and was uncertain that it could be. Much of what I wrote ten years ago remains valid in my view, but I also have revised or extended my thinking on some issues.