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

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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 Drawing on an extensive array of previously unpublished biographical materials, Ian A. M. Nicholson combines biography with intellectual history to reveal the ways in which Allport's science was embedded in the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.
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Product Details

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

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 "Fine Character and Splendid Ideals": Allport's Early Years (1897-1915) 13
Ch. 3 A New World: Harvard (1915-1919) 29
Ch. 4 The Missionary Life: Robert College, Constantinople (1919-1920) 55
Ch. 5 A Science of Personality: Graduate School (1920-1922) 73
Ch. 6 A Psychology of the Spirit: Germany and England (1922-1924) 103
Ch. 7 Constructing a Category: Personality Psychology at Harvard and Dartmouth (1924-1930) 133
Ch. 8 The Politics of Moderation: Personality Psychology at Harvard (1930-1936) 163
Ch. 9 Personality and Social Crisis (1937-1938) 191
Ch. 10 Conclusion 219
Notes 227
Bibliography 265
Index 283
About the Author 301
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