Rigor with Relevance: The Many Legacies of Marilynn B. Brewer: Robert W. Livingston, Geoffrey J. Leonardelli, and Roderick M. Kramer
This Festschrift honors Marilynn Brewer’s distinguished career in social psychology. Since receiving her PhD in 1968, her career has spanned 43 years as of the writing of this chapter, left an indelible impact on the field of social psychology, and earned the conferral of almost every major award that a social psychologist can receive. Putting that career in its proper context is a daunting task because of the depth and breadth of her numerous and diverse contributions. The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed an explosion of social psychological research on several important theoretical fronts, including prejudice and intergroup relations, social identity theory, sociobiology, anthropological approaches to human psychology, and the psychology of the social self. There were also concerted efforts to develop more applied social psychological theory and research, including addressing problems of prejudice, discrimination, cooperation and conflict, and social dilemmas. Amazingly-or perhaps of no surprise at all-Marilynn Brewer’s work reflects major theoretical and empirical advances in each of these frontiers. Indeed, these contributions are showcased in the chapters contained in this Festschrift.