ISBN-10:
0814726747
ISBN-13:
9780814726747
Pub. Date:
01/01/1999
Publisher:
New York University Press
The Case for Pragmatic Psychology

The Case for Pragmatic Psychology

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ISBN-13: 9780814726747
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Daniel B. Fishman is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University. He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books, including Paradigms in Behavior Therapy, The Human Side of Corporate Competitiveness, and A Cost-Effective Methodology for Community Mental Health Centers.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesxiii
Forewordxv
Prefacexix
Acknowledgmentsxxv
Introduction: A Better Way to Help by Reinventing Psychology1
Turning Mainstream Psychology Upside Down1
The Emergence of the Pragmatic Paradigm from Postmodernism5
Supporting the Beleaguered Practitioner9
Two Faces of Psychology: "Nature" versus "Culture"21
A Reader's Guide24
IHistory29
11600 to the Early 1960s: Psychology and Positivism--A Marriage Made in Enlightenment Heaven31
Origins: 1600 to 187932
Pendulum Swings in History36
Psychology Comes of Age: 1879 to the Early 1960s38
2The 1960s and Beyond: The Postmodern Invasion44
Psychologists Proliferate45
Psychological Topics Proliferate46
Psychological Methods Proliferate57
IIPhilosophy73
3"Postpositivism": Revolution within the Family75
Targeted Hits75
Expanding the Critique80
The End of Science?88
4The Dialectic: Putting It All Together93
The Players94
Not So Fast97
Boiling It Down to Three Paradigms98
5Transcending the Dialectic: The Emergence of Postmodern Pragmatism102
The Family Tree103
Pragmatists Weigh In109
A Balinese Cockfight and Schizophrenia124
On to the Case Study Method130
IIIMethod133
6The Pragmatic Case Study: Psychology's Tool for Enhancing Human Services135
Addressing Psychosocial Problems135
Measuring the Bottom Line: Program Evaluation137
Collaborating with Clients: Community Psychology146
"What Works and Why We Have So Little of It"149
7Nuts and Bolts: The Pragmatic Case Study Method153
Let the Games Begin154
Quality Control180
Linking Frameworks188
From Single Case to Database190
IVApplication197
8Psychology and Psychotherapy: From "House of Cards" to "House of Cases"199
An End to Our "Era of Good Feeling"200
The Battle204
A Pragmatic Proposal217
A Case in Point237
9Educational Reform: From "Culture Wars" and "Silver Bullets" to the Real Classroom245
The Factory Model246
The Combatants Square Off249
Many Promising Reform Ideas255
Ideas Are Cheap, Successful Cases Are Not261
VImplications281
10Manifesto for a Pragmatic Psychology283
Prologue: A Call for Pluralism283
Pragmatists Unite! An Action Plan for Making Case-based Psychology a Reality285
Vision: Staying in Touch with Our Roots289
The Challenge Ahead292
Notes295
References339
Index361
About the Author387

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Louis A. Sass

This remarkable book offers both a diagnosis and a cure for the ills of much of contemporary psychology. With amazing clarity, Fishman reviews major developments in the history and philosophy of science, from the enlightenment to post-modernism; and he marshals the arguments for a pragmatic alternative - a psychology that is practical not in spite of but precisely because of its refusal to deny the role of context and meaning in human life. This book is lucid and wise, scholarly as well as eminently useful. It should have a profound impact on clinical, educational, social, organizational, and other areas of applied and professional psychology.
— Louis A. Sass, author of Madness and Modernism

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