"This significant four-volume set will have immediate impact on the field. It includes contributions from leading international social psychologists on a broad range of topics involving intra-individual, personal, interpersonal, intergroup, and societal processes. The chapters, which focus on traditional and emerging areas, are uniformly scholarly and interesting. By skillfully assembling a mosaic of chapters on focused topics, Brewer and Hewstone have captured both the expansiveness and conceptual depth of the field while offering novel and insightful perspectives on social psychology." John F. Dovidio, Colgate University
"The subject matter considered in these books is well balanced and varied giving the reader a wide ranging view of the discipline. Each volume stands well on it’s own but the four together make a complete overview of the subject. These volumes will enhance everyone's understanding of the subject from student to academic. I thoroughly recommend them" Social Psychological Review, October 2005
Although modern social psychology is thought of as a largely cognitive discipline, many of the most fascinating research questions are not susceptible to a purely cognitive analysis and are only likely to be fully understood by a tripartite approach in terms of cognition, emotion and motivation. Emotion and Motivation is a collection of readings from the four-volume set of Blackwell Handbooks of Social Psychology that acknowledge the importance of emotion and motivation as counterparts to, and complements of, a largely cognitive discipline. The readings have been selected to provide a representative sampling of exciting research and theory on emotion and motivation that is both comprehensive and current and cross-cuts the levels of analysis from intrapersonal to intergroup. The book is organized into two sections: affect and emotions, which illustrates the insights of an approach highlighting affect and emotions across some of the different levels of analysis within social psychology; and social motivation, which underlines the significance of motivational concepts in many social-psychological theories, spanning the breadth of the field.