Maxwell School, Syracuse University

J. Milton Yinger


Toward a Field Theory of Behavior: Personality and Social Structure
J. Milton Yinger
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1965



 In this new work, the unit of analysis is neither the individual nor the social structure, but the field within which they meet.  There are multiple possibilities in each, and the behavioral outcome is determined by their mutual influence.  An extended statement of the field perspective is given with necessary concepts carefully defined.  In addition, Dr. Yinger has attempted to build a shared behavioral science vocabulary on key concepts.  The book offers a systematic statement of how an interdisciplinary field view would structure the research of problems of behavioral science, and includes extended coverage of current research on delinquency, prejudice, and abnormality as seen from a field perspective.



Trustee Professor of Public Administration and Economics