Changing the Rules: Psychology in the Netherlands 1900-1985

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The history of the social sciences has been marked by frequent and fierce debates on the rules of scientific methodology. Even the most general criteriaNwhich in the natural sciences are generally agreed uponNare emphatically disputed in the social sciences. Presenting the history of psychology in the Netherlands as a case study of Western social science, this book examines the divisive nature of social science methodology.
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"...tells a story about psychology in The Netherlands that is as fascinating for the color with which it paints individuals as it is thoughtful about the use of sociological concepts to explain change in science. The book has analytic as well as narrative purposes and is a model for the integration of description and analysis....Trudy Dehue has added a new dimension to the history of 20th-century psychology. She has carefully shown how the social construction of scientific methodologies actually occurs, and she has written with humor, penetration, and sensitivity about her world, a world in which we are all reflected. This is a book for anyone interested in psychology as a social activity." Roger Smith, Contemporary Psychology

"This study opens perspectives for fruitful further research and is a worthwhile step toward a contextualist theory of the history of science." Siegfried Jaeger, Isis

"This study opens perspectives for fruitful further research and is a worthwhile step toward a contextualist theory of the history of science." Isis

"Dehue's historical research leads to intriguing questions both for historians of science and for psychologists-the book successfully addresses both audiences." Hans Pols, Theory and Psychology

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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The variability of methodological standards in the social sciences 7
2 Handwriting and character 30
3 "Like everything living which encounters us" 62
4 The neurotic paradox of clinical psychology 92
5 Predictions 126
Epilogue: Social and rational rules 153
Appendix 159
Notes 160
Index 199
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