Lay Theories

Lay Theories

Everyday Understanding of Problems in the Social Sciences

1st Edition - August 26, 1988

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  • Editor: Michael Argyle
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483286471

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Lay theories - the informal, common-sense explanations people give for particular social behaviours - are often very different from formal 'scientific' explanations of what actually happens. While they have been studied in the past, this is the first attempt to review, in detail, the nature of these beliefs. More specifically, it is the first study to consider such fundamental questions as the structure, aetiology, stability and consequence of lay theories about a range of topics. Each chapter covers a different area, such as psychology, psychiatry, medicine, economics, statistics, law and education.


For under-/postgraduate students in all social sciences, psychology, sociology and education.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword. Lay and Scientific Theories. Common Sense and Human Nature. Lay Theories in Psychology. Lay Theories in Psychiatry. Lay Theories in Medicine. Lay Theories in Economics. Lay Theories in Statistics. Lay Theories in the Law. Lay Theories in Education. Conclusion.

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  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1988
  • Published: August 26, 1988
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483286471

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Michael Argyle

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