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    Dyadic Characteristics of Guanxi and Their Consequences.Jack Barbalet - 2017 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 46 (4).
    Research on guanxi is conducted principally within the disciplines of anthropology, business studies and sociology. It typically takes the form of empirical case studies, applications of extrinsic theory and literature reviews cum trend reports. The present paper, on the other hand, provides an analysis of guanxi in consideration of its elemental relations, components and properties. Discussion indicates the limitations of treatments of guanxi in terms of trust, guanxi bases, tie-strength and the conveyance of influence and information. Having established the characteristic (...)
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    Falsificationism is Not Just ‘Potential’ Falsifiability, but Requires ‘Actual’ Falsification: Social Psychology, Critical Rationalism, and Progress in Science.Peter Holtz & Peter Monnerjahn - 2017 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 46 (4).
    Based on an analysis of ten popular introductions to social psychology, we will show that Karl Popper's philosophy of ‘critical rationalism’ so far has had little to no traceable influence on the epistemology and practice of social psychology. If Popper is quoted or mentioned in the textbooks at all, the guiding principle of ‘falsificationism’ is reduced to a mere ‘falsifiability’ and some central elements of critical rationalism are left out – those that are incompatible with positivism and inductivism. Echoing earlier (...)
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    Social Psychology, Consumer Culture and Neoliberal Political Economy.Matthew McDonald, Brendan Gough, Stephen Wearing & Adrian Deville - 2017 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 46 (4).
    Consumer culture and neoliberal political economy are often viewed by social psychologists as topics reserved for anthropologists, economists, political scientists and sociologists. This paper takes an alternative view arguing that social psychology needs to better understand these two intertwined institutions as they can both challenge and provide a number of important insights into social psychological theories of self-identity and their related concepts. These include personality traits, self-esteem, social comparisons, self-enhancement, impression management, self-regulation and social identity. To illustrate, we examine how (...)
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  4. The Implications of Dialogicality for ‘Giving Voice’ in Social Representations Research.Sophie Zadeh - 2017 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 46 (4).
    Social representations research is often undertaken by scholars who seek to ‘give voice’ to knowledge that are held by socially disenfranchised individuals and groups. However, this endeavour poses a number of problems in practice, not least because it assumes that the ‘voices’ voiced by individuals and/or groups in social research will be unambiguous and uniform, and unchanged by the research encounter. Despite the growth of attention to the critical potential of social representations theory, there remains a lack of scholarship on (...)
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