A History of Social Conflict and Negotiation Research

Authored by: Dean G. Pruitt

Handbook of the History of Social Psychology

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9781848728684
eBook ISBN: 9780203808498
Adobe ISBN: 9781136668999


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Social psychology was a relative latecomer to the study of conflict and negotiation, with its first publication in 1953. Scholars in several other fields preceded our efforts, including economists (e.g., Edgeworth, 1881), sociologists (e.g., Simmel, 1922/1955), international relations theorists (e.g., Wright, 1942), and mathematicians (e.g. Von Neumann & Morgenstern, 1944). The earliest social psychologists who studied these topics relied heavily on scholars from these other fields for variables, hypotheses, and paradigms that could be translated into research methods. Psychological theory was a lesser source of ideas at first, but it has become increasingly important over the years.

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