Psychology and Historical Interpretation (Paperback)William McKinley Runyan (editor)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 352 g
Dimensions: 204 x 136 x 22 mm
Skeptical about psychohistory, I.... thoroughly enjoyed it. This is an honest, well-written, intelligent discussion of contemporary psychohistorical work. * Sheldon H. White, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University *
Excellent summations and extraordinary formulations and furtherings of insight in this field. The contributors address key issues such as emotional involvement and countertransference; they also discuss advances in psychoanalysis as well as the limits of the discipline. Cases discussed include those of Alice James and Joseph Stalin. This book is essential for scholars, students, and general readers who are trying to keep abreast of developments in the field of psychohistory. * Choice *
. . . significant interest and importance to practitioners of the social sciences in general. It offers a sophisticated, stimulating, and multifaceted discussion and critical analysis of most of the methods and some of the results of historical inquiry into the motives, perceptions, attitudes, actions, and interactions and as members of the various institutions of society. * Contemporary Sociology *
Attempts to re-examine, perhaps even rehabilitate, the controversial field of psychohistory, and to provide a more comprehensive conceptual framework for analyzing relationships between history and psychology . . . . This volume is intended to suggest sounder conceptual foundations for the enterprise, and to advance and deepen the debate about the relationships among psychology, biography, and history. * History and Theory *
It is a pleasure to read and study a well-written, well-researched, and scholarly collection of papers that focuses upon a specific topic. Here one explores new thinking, reflects on existing impressions and beliefs, and also has an aesthetic experience in following the course of the volume as it unfolds, travels here and there but stays on course and ends without dogmatic, simplistic, and reductionistic conclusions. Professor William M. Runyan is to be congratulated for the excellent product resulting from his careful editing, his painstaking research of the historical and conceptual background to psychohistory, and his selection of excellent scholars who present their ideas clearly. * Psychohistory Review *
The contributors to this collection have demonstrated a willingness to confront the problems and difficulties of making psychological contributions to historical interpretation. . . The introduction and conclusion by Runyan are particularly valuable. He presents a brief but useful history of psychohistory and an analysis of the impressive quantitative growth of the field. Finally, his reconceptualization of the relationships between history and psychology shows real promise of putting psychohistory on a more solid theoretical foundation. * The Psychological Record *
[Runyan] has taken a valiant stride towards broadening the theoretical repertoire of 'psychohistory.' * New Ideas in Psychology *
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