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- Cambridge University Press
Psychologists on the March argues that the Second World War had a profound impact on the modern psychological profession in America. Before the war, psychology was viewed largely as an academic discipline, drawing its ideology and personnel from the laboratory. Following the war, it was increasingly seen as a source of theory and practice to deal with mental health issues. With the support of the federal government, the field entered a prolonged period of exponential growth that saw major changes in the institutional structure of the field that spread to include the epistemological foundations of psychology. This book is the first sustained study of this important era in American psychology. Moving back and forth between collective and individual levels of analysis, it weaves together the internal politics and demography of psychology in relation to the cultural environment. It is based on extensive archival research and includes extended discussions of the wartime reformation of the American Psychological Association, the role of gender politics, the rise of reflexivity, and the popularization of psychology, among other topics.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)|
Table of Contents
Introduction: the psychologists' war; 1. Growing pains: after the Great War; 2. Mobilizing for World War II: from national defense to professional unity; 3. Home fires: women psychologists and the politics of gender; 4. Sorting soldiers' psychology as personnel management; 5. Applied human relations: The utility of social psychology; 6. From the margins: making the clinical connection; 7. Engineering behavior: applied experimental psychology; 8. A new order: postwar support for psychology; 9. Remodeling the academic home; 10. The mirror of practice: towards a reflective science; 11. Beyond the laboratory: giving psychology away; Epilogue: science in search of self.