Social Psychology in the Soviet Union: Some Comments

  • Robert M. Krauss


One of my favorite writers, the late A. J. Liebling, political analyst, social critic, sports reporter, gastronome, and general know-it-all, once wrote something that seems particularly relevant to my presence here today. He was speaking of newspaper reporters and what he said is:

There are three kinds of writers of news in our generation. In inverse order of wordly consideration they are: (1) the reporter who writes what he sees; (2) the interpretive reporter who writes what he sees and what he construes to be its meaning; and (3) the expert, who writes what he construes to be the meaning of what he hasn’t seen (Liebling, 1961, p. 225).


Social Psychology Political Ideology Dominant Focus Soviet Psychology American Social Scientist 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Krauss
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyColumbia UniversityUSA

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