Inventing Personality: Gordon Allport and the Science of Selfhood / Edition 1

Inventing Personality: Gordon Allport and the Science of Selfhood / Edition 1

by Ian A. M. Nicholson
     
 

Inventing Personality examines the early career of Gordon Allport (1897-1967) to reveal the history of the personality category he championed. Drawing on an extensive array of previously unpublished biographical materials, Ian A. M. Nicholson combines biography with intellectual history to reveal the ways in which Allport's science was embedded in the cultural… See more details below

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Inventing Personality examines the early career of Gordon Allport (1897-1967) to reveal the history of the personality category he championed. Drawing on an extensive array of previously unpublished biographical materials, Ian A. M. Nicholson combines biography with intellectual history to reveal the ways in which Allport's science was embedded in the cultural politics of the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. He argues that personality's emergence as an object of science was linked to the gradual demise of character and the self-sacrificing, morally grounded self that it supported. This book will be invaluable to scholars and practitioners interested in personality, and it will serve as a model of scientific biography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557989291
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
301
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2"Fine Character and Splendid Ideals": Allport's Early Years (1897-1915)13
Ch. 3A New World: Harvard (1915-1919)29
Ch. 4The Missionary Life: Robert College, Constantinople (1919-1920)55
Ch. 5A Science of Personality: Graduate School (1920-1922)73
Ch. 6A Psychology of the Spirit: Germany and England (1922-1924)103
Ch. 7Constructing a Category: Personality Psychology at Harvard and Dartmouth (1924-1930)133
Ch. 8The Politics of Moderation: Personality Psychology at Harvard (1930-1936)163
Ch. 9Personality and Social Crisis (1937-1938)191
Ch. 10Conclusion219
Notes227
Bibliography265
Index283
About the Author301

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