A History of Social Psychology: From the Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment to the Second World War (Hardback)
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A History of Social Psychology: From the Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment to the Second World War (Hardback)

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Hardback 254 Pages / Published: 31/05/2007
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The term 'social psychology' was first established in the 1860s but the issues surrounding the subject have evolved over a much longer period. This book follows the history of the discipline over two and a half centuries, demonstrating the links between early and current thought. The first attempts at empirical approaches were made in France during the Enlightenment whilst some modern ideas were also being anticipated in Scotland. The search for laws of mind and society began in nineteenth-century Europe and, by the end of the century, it changed direction. Darwinian theory made a powerful impact on the emerging discipline and the centre of gravity began to move to America where it reached maturity during the inter-war period. A History of Social Psychology is viewed against a background of radical social and political changes and includes sketches of the major figures involved in its rise.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521868280
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 255 x 180 x 20 mm


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'This is a deeply original book and a delightful read. Gustav Jahoda is perhaps the most competent scholar in the field at the present time in the World.' Jaan Valsiner, Clark University
"Jahoda does an excellent job of taking centuries of high-profile thinkers and weaving them into his defined history of social psychology...The approach captures the history and development of social science in a readable, enjoyable fashion that allows a glimpse into the science, culture, personality, and philosophy of those involved. The book is very readable for a history text and maintains its integrity to the theme. The chapters are to the point, and Jahoda conveys some very complex information in an approachable style. The book covers an interesting area in the development of science and social science, and it provides a level of analysis and description that is a welcome addition....recommended read for all those interested in the development of social scientific thought and, in a time of spiraling cost, does seem to be reasonably priced." --Robert A. Bischoff, PsycCRITIQUES

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