Reinvigorating the Concept of Situation in Social Psychology

  title={Reinvigorating the Concept of Situation in Social Psychology},
  author={Harry T. Reis},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={311 - 329}
  • H. Reis
  • Published 10 June 2008
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Personality and Social Psychology Review
The concept of situation has a long and venerable history in social psychology. The author argues that recent approaches to the concept of situation have confused certain important elements. Herein, the author proposes that attention to three of these elements will reinvigorate the concept of situation in social psychology: (a) that the analysis of situations should begin with their objective features; (b) that situations should be conceptualized as affordances; and (c) that the interpersonal… 
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