Augustine Brannigan is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Canada. In his career as a professor in the Department of Sociology he taught social psychology, social theory, criminology, and criminal justice.
Brannigan's work has long been known for its incisive criticisms of the classic social psychology experiments. Those experiments are still taught in psychology classes and invoked in popular culture today. This book provides a very interesting way to think about the lessons from those experiments as moral parables or proverbs, rather than empirical scientific findings. It is particularly valuable, since social psychology has fallen even further in recent years, as the replication crisis has further exposed the field's attraction for dubious findings, and sometimes fraudulent practices-Michael Lynch, Professor Emeritus, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University, US Augustine Brannigan's The Use and Misuse of the Experimental Method in Social Psychology - A Critical Assessment of Classical Research is a seminally important volume. At a time when pre-eminent institutions such as the National Institute of Health, along with entire scientific and social scientific disciplines, are trying to re-seat their research due to the kinds of foundational problems that Brannigan explores, Use and Misuse could not be more timely. This volume is headed for critical acclaim.' -Barbara Oakley, Distinguished Professor, Oakland University, US This comprehensive and insightful volume critically analyzes many of the most iconic studies in the history of experimental social psychology.Thoroughly researched and carefully argued, Brannigan draws on the latest archival investigations in the field to demonstrate the degree to which these famous studies were dramaturgical enactments of preconceived understandings rather than new scientific discoveries. Effectively linking past and present, Brannigan's book also examines the contemporary replication crisis while questioning the value of experimentation in social psychology. Highly recommended-Ian Nicholson, Professor of Psychology, St. Thomas University, CANADA The epistemological problems of experimental social psychology have left the field in shambles ever since its first 'crisis' in the 1960s and 70s. Brannigan's book makes abundantly clear that these fundamental concerns have not been addressed and continue to haunt a form of psychology that lacks a foundation in anything resembling science. He makes a compelling case that it is time for a new social psychology that lives up to its promise as a tool for understanding human social life-Henderikus Stam, University of Calgary