Intragroup Conflict and Cooperation: An Introduction


  • This issue developed over the years since Michele Alexander's untimely death in 2003. I met Michele upon our arrival at University of Maine where we quickly became friends and close colleagues. Our collaboration led to a series of experiments funded by the National Science Foundation; we were completing one of the manuscripts associated with these experiments when Michele died. Since Michele was an active officer in the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and an up-and-coming researcher whose work on stereotypes was breaking new ground, I thought that the Journal of Social Issues (JSI), SPSSI's premier publication, would be not only the most appropriate outlet for this work, but also an important place that can serve as a platform from where to call out to social psychologists to continue on the research path that Michele was helping to construct. Once I discovered that JSI only accepts proposals for complete issues, I contacted a series of colleagues whose work fits with our focus on intragroup conflict and cooperation, thus beginning the long process that is represented in this issue as a tribute to Michele. Alexander Chizhik.

*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Alexander W. Chizhik, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182-1153 [e-mail:].