The study of groups and the dynamics within and between groups is inherently cross-disciplinary, drawing from the fields of psychology, sociology, and communication studies, each of which is well represented here. The approximately 300 alphabetically arranged entries fall into 12 general categories, as laid out in the “Reader’s Guide.” Among them are “Cognitions and Feelings,” “Conflict and Cooperation within Groups,” and “Group Decision Making.” Examples of entries include Brainstorming, Collective guilt, Gangs, Groupthink, Loyalty, Ostracism, Social networks, and Work teams. Length ranges from about 1,500 to 4,000 words. In their introduction, the editors write that their work is not intended for “professionals or experts with extensive knowledge of social psychology, sociology, or organizational behavior.” It is intended, instead, for “general readers who want state-of-the-art information about group processes and intergroup relations that is presented in a clear and accessible manner.” Undergraduate students are the primary audience, and the information provided here will help them better understand the complexities that define intra- and intergroup behavior. Graduate students and faculty will find the Encyclopedia adequately explores the many facets of group processes and intergroup relations, providing timely, thorough, accessible introductions, complete with references for further readings, to core topics. At the same time, a general adult reader with little or no behavioral-science background will find the entries easy to read. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. Also available as an e-book. --Sarah Watstein
"....A unique resource.... This well-written and understandable overview of the group processes field should be in every library that supports the study of social psychology, sociology, or business. Summing Up:
Essential. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/ faculty; general readers. ****
" (M. Sylvia 2010-08-01)
"....This distinctive, well-researched, well-written, and understandable introduction to group theory is highly recommended
for secondary, public, and academic libraries, particularly those supporting sociology and psychology programs."-LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review) (LIBRARY JOURNAL)
"....There are close to 300 articles making up these two volumes exploring the individual elements of group processes and intergroup relations, as well as where they merge. These articles cover broad categories ranging from theory and methodology to individual areas of interest... The diversity of the individual article coverage is impressive. The entries are steeped in scholarship and written by experts in the fields of social psychology, sociology, and organizational behavior.... The authors are successful in writing in an accessible style easily grasped by undergraduates and informed lay readers.... The Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations is a title that has multi-disciplinary relevance. Undergraduates in fields as diverse as business, psychology, and sociology among others, could find themselves leafing through its pages."
(Tom Gilson Against the Grain April 2010