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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

New Publication: Henry Tajfel: Explorer of Identity and Difference

14.10.2019, by Tina Keil in publication

by Rupert Brown; Routledge, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-138-58981-0

Cover: Henri Tajfel: Explorer of Identity and Difference
Cover: Henri Tajfel: Explorer of Identity and Difference

Routledge are delighted to announce the publication Henry Tajfel: Explorer of Identity and Difference by Professor Rupert Brown, which is published in the European Monographs in Social Psychology series, published in conjunction with the EASP.

In the year of his 100th birthday, the book offers a biographical account of Henri Tajfel, one of the most influential European social psychologists of the twentieth century, offering unique insights into his ground-breaking work in the areas of social perception, social identity and intergroup relations. The author, Rupert Brown, paints a vivid and personal portrait of Tajfel’s life, his academic career and its significance to social psychology, and the key ideas he developed. The book also reveals new insights into Tajfel’s arguably controversial research practices and behaviour, including allegations of sexual assault, which have raised questions about his legacy, and reflect the challenges of historical research. Based on a range of sources including interviews, archival material, correspondence, photographs, and scholarly output, Brown expertly weaves together Tajfel’s personal narrative with his evolving intellectual interests and major scientific discoveries.

Rupert Brown is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Sussex. He obtained his PhD under Tajfel in 1979 and has been an active researcher in the field of intergroup relations throughout his career. He was the recipient of the 2014 Tajfel medal, awarded by the European Association of Social Psychology for distinguished lifetime achievement. He is the author of two widely used student texts (Group Processes and Prejudice) and over 180 scientific articles and book chapters.

Table of Contents

  • Abbreviations
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Poland, 1919-1937
  • Chapter 2: France, Germany, and Austria, 1937-1945
  • Chapter 3: France, Belgium, and Germany, 1945-1951
  • Chapter 4: London and Durham, 1951-1956
  • Chapter 5: Oxford, 1956-1966
  • Chapter 6: Palo Alto and early years at Bristol, 1966-1972
  • Chapter 7: Bristol, 1972-1982
  • Chapter 8: The Tajfellian Legacy
  • Appendix 1 Tajfel bibliography
  • Appendix 2 The Tajfel academic genealogy