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“The author is a social psychologist and his book reflects widespread dissatisfaction felt by social psychologists themselves. He not only portrays what he and others believe has gone wrong. He also explains why great hopes of social psychology have not been met and suggests what can be done now to improve matters. . . . The author’s critical portrayal of research in American social psychology is a serious attempt to take stock of a discipline gone astray and to find ways to more productive paths. . . . If criticism within a discipline is good and leads to progress, we can only hope that criticism of a discipline may have the same salutary effect. . . . [A]n important book for those who wish to understand social psychology today and/or to find ways to improve it.”
—John Wettersten, Philosophy of the Social Sciences
“In The Rise and Fall of Psychology. . . author Augustine Branningan (a sociologist) argues that experimental social psychology’s attempt to use the experimental method to create new knowledge has failed, and concludes that, in its present form, experimental social psychology is an ‘impossible science with little possibility’ of establishing any credible knowledge about the social world. . . . In presenting such arguments, Branningan contributes substantively to a discourse and reflection on the metatheory, epistemology and ideology of experimental social psychology (one might say that Brannigan’s book represents the latest contribution to the ‘crisis literature’ in social psychology).”
—Angela R. Febbraro, Theory & Psychology
"It is a work of patient, careful, serious scholarship. It is, in part, a case study. A case study of considerable value. But it is also consistently comparative and, in the end, future oriented."
—Travis Hirschi, Canadian Journal of Sociology