In this volume, prominent American and European scholars explore the historical shaping of psychological discourse. Speaking from several disciplinary standpoints, contributors focus on the ideological, intellectual, political, economic, and literary forces that enter into the cultural construction of mental life. In its explorations, the volume not only challenges the reality of the unquestioned world of everyday life, but raises fundamental questions concerning the potential of psychological science to establish historically-independent knowledge of mental process. Contributions variously cover the emotions, cognition, the concept of child development, psychotherapy, gender differences, and knowledge. Additional chapters represent first-hand accounts of historical change in psychological movements.
List of contributors; 1. Psychological discourse in historical context: an introduction Kenneth J. Gergen and Carl F. Graumann; Part I. Disciplining Psychological Discourse: 2. The practice of psychological discourse Kurt Danziger; 3. From tools to theories: discovery in cognitive psychology Gerd Gigerenzer; 4. Metaphor and monophony in the twentieth-century psychology of emotions Kenneth J. Gergen; 5. Psyche and her descendants Carl F. Graumann; Part II. History as Culture Critique: 6. Power and subjectivity: critical history and psychology Nikolas Rose; 7. Cultural politics by other means: gender and politics in some Americans psychologies of emotions Catherine Lutz; 8. Principles of selves: the rhetoric of introductory textbooks in American psychology Jill G. Morawski; Part III. Early Antecedents: 9. The naturalized female intellect Lorraine Daston; 10. Sources of redemption in psychoanalytic developmental psychology Suzanne R. Kirschner; 11. The historic vicissitudes of mental diseases: their character and treatment Harry F. M. Peeters; 12. Women as mothers and the making of the European mind Brigitte Niestroj-Kutzner; Part IV. Lived History: 13. Emancipation - a failed project? Remarks on the discourse of radical critique Irmingard Staeuble; 14. The transcendental alarm William Kessen; Author index; Subject index.