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Moral Combat

by Patrick M. Markey & Christopher J. Ferguson

In family rooms across America, millions of children and teenagers are playing video games, such as Call of Duty, Halo, and Grand Theft Auto, roaming violent virtual worlds—with virtual guns in their hands....


Happiness for All?

by Carol Graham

The Declaration of Independence states that all people are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and that among these is the pursuit of happiness. But is happiness equally available to everyone in America...


Not in My Family

by Roger Frie

Even as the Holocaust grows more distant with the passing of time, its traumas call out to be known and understood. What is remembered, what has been imparted through German heritage, and what has been forgotten?...


The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap

by Gish Jen

A provocative and important study of the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about the self and society and what this means for current debates in art, education, geopolitics, and business.

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Ordinary Jews

by Evgeny Finkel

Focusing on the choices and actions of Jews during the Holocaust, Ordinary Jews examines the different patterns of behavior of civilians targeted by mass violence. Relying on rich archival material and hundreds...


Handbook of Musical Identities

by Dorothy Miell, Raymond MacDonald & David J. Hargreaves

Music is a tremendously powerful channel through which people develop their personal and social identities. Music is used to communicate emotions, thoughts, political statements, social relationships, and physical...


Prospection, well-being, and mental health

by Andrew MacLeod

This book is about how we think about the future. It is about how we think about our own personal futures and how such prospection is connected to our well-being and mental health. The ability to think about...


Personalizing Politics and Realizing Democracy

by Gian Vittorio Caprara & Michele Vecchione

Few people today would challenge the legitimacy of democracy as the form of government most congenial to modern-day citizenship, as it requires its members to treat each other as equals and to cooperate in the...


Mixed Messages

by Stefanie Mollborn

Sex is bad. Unprotected sex is a problem. Having a baby would be a disaster. Abortion is a sin. Teenagers in the United States hear conflicting messages about sex from everyone around them. How do teens understand...


The Happiness Effect

by Donna Freitas & Christian Smith

Sexting. Cyberbullying. Narcissism. Social media has become the dominant force in young people's lives, and each day seems to bring another shocking tale of private pictures getting into the wrong hands, or...


Values, Political Action, and Change in the Middle East and the Arab Spring

by Mansoor Moaddel & Michele J. Gelfand

Although many have tried, the spontaneity of the Arab Spring uprisings and the unpredictability of its diverse geographical outcomes have resisted explanation. For social scientists, part of the challenge has...


Life and Narrative

by Brian Schiff, A. Elizabeth McKim & Sylvie Patron

The challenge of life and literary narrative is the central and perennial mystery of how people encounter, manage, and inhabit a self and a world of their own - and others' - creations. With a nod to the eminent...


Using Think-Aloud Interviews and Cognitive Labs in Educational Research

by Jacqueline P. Leighton

The field of education is rife with calls to action and for research to improve higher-level thinking and learning outcomes in primary, secondary, and tertiary education. With the No Child Left Behind Act and...


Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change

by David Bedrick

Many forms of activism live within the margins of conventional strategies such as marching, speaking out, and fighting for one's political representatives. This book of essays highlights, celebrates, and broadens...


The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy

by Tristam Adams

The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy examines how the requirements, stimuli, affects and environments of work condition our empathy. In some cases, work calls for no empathy – characters...


Grounded Theory and Grounded Theorizing

The Student's Guide to Social Neuroscience

by Jamie Ward

Social neuroscience is a rapidly growing field which explains, using neural mechanisms, our ability to recognize, understand, and interact with others. Concepts such as trust, revenge, empathy, prejudice, and...


Social Influence: Direct and Indirect Processes

by Joseph P. Forgas & Kipling D. Williams

Social influence processes play a key role in human behavior. Arguably our extraordinary evolutionary success has much to do with our subtle and highly developed ability to interact with and influence each other....


Sensitive Objects: Affect and Material Culture

by Jonas Frykman & Maja Frykman

Some objects seem especially personal and important to us - be it a quickly packed suitcase, an inherited vase, or a photograph. In Sensitive Objects the authors discuss when, how, and why particular objects...


Conceptual Metaphor in Social Psychology: The Poetics of Everyday Life

by Mark J. Landau

We learn in grade school that metaphor is an ornamental figure of speech reserved for poets. But we now know that it is also a key strategy people use to make sense of the world, from basic concepts like time...