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The Self as a Sign, the World, and the Other: Living Semiotics

by Susan Petrilli & Augusto Ponzio Transaction Publishers (June 30, 2013)

The question of subjectivity is connected to the question of the sign. It calls for a semiotic approach because the self is itself a sign. This book commits to developing a critique of subjectivity in terms...


Performing Action: Artistry in Human Behavior and Social Research

by Joseph R. Gusfield Transaction Publishers (March 31, 2015)

“The goal of . . . [this book] is to forge a closer relationship between art and sociology. The link is that individual conduct studied by sociologists is like planned and rehearsed theatrical actions, which...


The Mask of Normalcy: Social Conformity and Its Ambiguities

by George Serban Transaction Publishers (November 27, 2013)

Psychologists view well-adjusted behavior as conformity—the ability to navigate relationships and events within the framework of societal rules and regulations without undue distress. But what defines “normal?”...


False Prophets: Studies on Authoritarianism

by Leo Lowenthal Transaction Publishers (December 31, 2011)

The studies in this volume deal with problems of authoritarianism and anti-Semitism. Lowenthal’s book-length contribution, “Prophets of Deceit,” which begins this collection, is a classic of political...


Beyond Therapy: Igniting Life Focus Community Movements

by Erving Polster Transaction Publishers (September 14, 2015)

Beyond Therapy offers rationale and design for life focus community groups, which create a sense of belonging and communal connection among individuals. This represents a paradigm shift from psychotherapy’s...


Feeling Good: An Evolutionary Perspective on Life Choices

by Menelaos Apostolou Transaction Publishers (March 23, 2016)

Every day, people make life-choices that, ideally, increase their evolutionary fitness – the chances of survival and successful reproduction – and lead to positive feelings of fulfillment, accomplishment,...


Norms, Groups, Conflict, and Social Change: Rediscovering Muzafer Sherif's Psychology

by Doga Sonmez Keith, Ayfer Dost-Gozkan & Jaan Valsiner Transaction Publishers (June 01, 2015)

This book explores the life and work of Muzafer Sherif (1905–1988), a Turkish-American social scientist known for his seminal work on social judgment, norm and group formations, and intergroup conflicts and...


National Character: A Psycho-Social Perspective

by Alex Inkeles Transaction Publishers (December 03, 2014)

Alex Inkeles approaches the subject of national character by surveying various definitions, tracing developments through the twentieth century, and by examining the regularity of specific personality patterns...