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Rebels within the Ranks: Psychologists' Critique of Scientific Authority and Democratic Realities in New Deal America - Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology (Hardback)
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Rebels within the Ranks: Psychologists' Critique of Scientific Authority and Democratic Realities in New Deal America - Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology (Hardback)

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Hardback 274 Pages / Published: 28/10/1997
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During the 1930s, psychologists Gordon Allport, Gardner Murphy, and Lois Barclay Murphy emerged from the fields of social and personality psychology to challenge the neo-behavioralist status quo in American social science. Willing to experiment with the idea of 'science' itself, these 'rebels within the ranks' contested ascendent conventions that cast the study of human life in the image of classical physics. Drawing on the intellectual, social, and political legacies of William James' radically empiricist philosophy and radical Social Gospel theology, these three psychologists developed critiques of scientific authority and democratic reality as they worked at the crossroads of the social and the personal in New Deal America. Appropriating models from natural history, they argued for the significance of individuality, contextuality and diversity as scientific concepts as they explored what they envisioned as the nature of democracy, and the democracy of nature.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521583589
Number of pages: 274
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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'Pandora really does show, compellingly, the vitality of a professional-psychological endeavor in the 1930s that stood strikingly aloof from the discipline-building and behaviorist-advancing stories that dominate our histories of psychology. And she is wonderfully successful in detailing the link between this 'dissenting' psychology and the social gospel Protestant milieu that was drawn upon by social scientists of the 1930s to an extent that embarrassed later, proudly secular custodians of the social scientific past. This work demonstrates how a distinctive cluster of 'professional' social scientific initiatives at a particular historical moment were partly driven by, and contributed materially to, controversies in the politics and public philosophy of the American nation.' David Hollinger
"Pandora has written a beautifully nuanced book about one particular episode in the nexus between ideas, politics, and science. It is an object lesson in how far the history of psychology has moved beyond the disciplinary obsessions and great-figure stories that contained scholarship in the past." Ellen Herman, Jrnl of Interdisciplinary History
This book should be on the shelves of anyone interested in the history of psychology" Isis
"...Pandora has produced a fine case study of the ways in which culture and science are constitutive of each other....Pandora has written a history that should be of interest to specialists as well as to historians of medicine and science." Joel Barslow, American Historical Review

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