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From the Publisher"It has been a great pleasure to read this book – itsthorough scholarship and entertaining writing style make it into amasterpiece. As a concise history of recent social psychologyworldwide (1960s-1970s), it is a unique treatise on theinstitutional moves and personal relationships of leading socialpsychologists on both sides of the Atlantic. This sophisticatedcase study adds a crucial voice to historical and sociologicalscholarship. It will be particularly useful at graduate andpostgraduate levels – in courses on history of psychology ingeneral, and in special seminars on history of social psychology.This book covers the material precisely as I would like, and willbe ideal for use in my seminars as core reading."
Joan Valsiner, Professor of Psychology, Clark University,USA, and Editor, Culture & Psychology
"This is a richly documented and vivid account of key events inthe formation of an academic discipline. It shows how individualsmake history, albeit not in conditions of their own making, byseeking an alternative path for the globalization of knowledge. Thebook traces the apparent failure of the project of rescuing asocial psychology of human beings from the global diffusion of alocal USA model (individualists, prescriptive, ethnocentric).Ironically, this "invisible college" was initiated by a visionarygroup of US scholars mobilizing allies in Europe, Latin America,and Asia under adverse Cold-War conditions. This is an encouragingbook. The project of a universally relevant social psychology willcontinue to inspire the quest for genuine humanunderstanding."
Martin W. Bauer, Director MSc Social and PublicCommunication, Institute of Social Psychology & MethodologyInstitute, London School of Economics
"This fascinating and important book makes out a carefullydocumented and persuasive case that one virtually forgottencommittee, more than any other body, was responsible for shapingthe international social psychology we know today. The book will bean essential source for future research on and understanding of thehistory of social psychology and anyone with an interest in thathistory really should read it."
Colin Fraser, Department of Social DevelopmentalPsychology, University of Cambridge