What is a Group? History of Groups Outline. Class Exercise What is a group? Members of groups interact Groups have structure Groups have goals Members identify themselves as a group Groups have two or more members History of group dynamics Late 19 th Century & LeBon
2) Write at least ten different answers to the following question: Who am I?
3) Count on your list all of the activities you perform with groups and those you perform alone. Calculate a percentage of group activities.
4) Count on your list descriptions that include information about the groups we belong to (and those that don’t). Calculate a percentage.Class Exercise
Roots in psychology and sociology
Collective mind (LeBon)
ContagionHistory of Group Dynamics: Late 19th Century & LeBon
presence of others compared to when alone
Groups could be studied scientifically
B = f (P, E)
Research Center for Group Dynamics
Adapted experimentation to the problems of group lifeKurt Lewin
Forefathers of sociological thought:
New Measurement techniques:
Interaction Process AnalysisSociological Perspective