A History of Social Psychology (häftad)
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A History of Social Psychology (häftad)

A History of Social Psychology

From the Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment to the Second World War

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The term 'social psychology' was first established in the 1860s but the issues surrounding the subject have evolved over a much longer period. This book follows the history of the discipline over two and a half centuries, demonstrating the links between early and current thought. The first attempts at empirical approaches were made in France during the Enlightenment whilst some modern ideas were also being anticipated in Scotland. The search for laws of mind and society began in nineteenth-century Europe and, by the end of the century, it changed direction. Darwinian theory made a powerful impact on the emerging discipline and the centre of gravity began to move to America where it reached maturity during the inter-war period. A History of Social Psychology is viewed against a background of radical social and political changes and includes sketches of the major figures involved in its rise.
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Gustav Jahoda is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Strathclyde. He has published more than 200 journal articles and is the author of The Psychology of Superstition (1969), Psychology and Anthropology (1982) and, most recently, Images of Savages (1999).


Preface; Part I. Eighteenth Century: Enlightenment Precursors: 1. France. A short-lived dawn of empirical social science; 2. Britain. Interpersonal relations and cultural differences; Part II. Nineteenth Century: The Gestation of Social Psychology in Europe: 3. Germany. Herbart's and his followers' societal psychology; 4. France and Belgium. Adventurous blueprints for a new social science; 5. Britain. Logic, evolution, and the social in mind; 6. France. Crowd, public, and collective mentalities; 7. Germany. In the shadow of Wundt; 8. America. Darwinian social psychology crosses the Atlantic; Part III. Twentieth Century: Towards Maturity in America: 9. Was 1908 a crucial date?; 10. Social psychology becomes empirical: groups (social facilitation) and attitudes; 11. The wider panorama of social psychology by the mid-thirties; 12. Highlights of the inter-war years; Concluding reflections.