Society of African Journal Editors

South African Journal of Sociology

Defining social psychology

Authors: Stephen Appel

Journal: South African Journal of Sociology

Social psychology covers a widely diverse area. Indeed, there is no agreement on exactly what constitutes it as a field of study. Following House's (1977) ‘three faces’ distinction—psychological social psychology, symbolic interactionism, and psychological sociology—this paper provides a critical review of the literature. In conclusion, it suggests that social psychology is not alone in the social sciences with regard to its amorphous and somewhat directionless nature.