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Field Theory and Experiment in Social Psychology: Concepts and Methods

Kurt Lewin
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 44, No. 6 (May, 1939), pp. 868-896
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2769418
Page Count: 29
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Abstract

The field theoretical approach is instrumental in integrating divergent physiological, psychological, and sociological facts on the basis of their interdependence. To explain social behavior it is necessary to represent the structure of the total situation and the distribution of the forces in it. Certain geometries are offered as adequate for representing social fields. The problem of adolescence and the concept "social group" are discussed in detail asexamples.

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