Review of Social Psychology by Floyd Allport
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. By FLOYD ALLPORT. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1924.
The point of view is a study of "the individual in his social relations." In the first chapters rather detailed attention is given to physiological approaches. While extended emphasis is given to the individual's responses to social stimulations the distinction between the individual as a biological unit and a fully developed person with extensive social recognition is not made. Social attitudes are treated as attitudes of "individuals" rather than of "persons." The stress is on the "attitude" rather than on "social." The social origins of attitudes deserve more consideration. This is an excellent treatise from the psychologist's viewpoint, that is, concerning the "individual in his social life;" but needs to be supplemented by a study of the "person" and of the intersocial stimulation out of which persons develop.