The Group in Society
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The book weaves diverse cases and research into a comprehensive embedded system framework, which stresses the ways in which society shapes groups and groups, in turn, reshape society. It is designed to be used for undergraduate courses, graduate seminars, or anyone interesting in understanding the groups in their personal, professional, and public lives.
Read an excerpt from
the copy-edited manuscript, including the table of contents,
preface, chapters 1-2, and references.
Early praise for The Group in Society:
groups are stubbornly interdisciplinary; its blessing
and curse. Groups remain endlessly fascinating and attract attention
wide a set of disciplines as any single subject out there.
this interdisciplinarity also creates
fractures that, at worst, paralyze advances in the field.
conventional wisdom has been to create a
unified theory—identifying the same member roles, stages of
development, and elements
of cohesion—that applies equally to all groups regardless of
their function and
environmental context. I
Instead, in this thoughtful and expansive new book, Gastil artfully weaves together case studies, theory, and empirical analysis to propose that we should think of, and apply, group archetypes—families, teams, juries—to help us highlight the predictable differences among types of groups. From this vantage point, modern groups such as terrorist cells and Facebook, as well as the “standards” such as group therapy and work groups, are all better understood. Any student of small groups will learn from this book.
Order review copies or purchase the book through Sage Publications.