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A History of Modern Psychology in Context

A History of Modern Psychology in Context by Wade Pickren
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A fresh look at the history of psychology placed in its social,political, and cultural contexts

A History of Modern Psychology in Context presents thehistory of modern psychology in the richness of its many contexts.The authors resist the traditional storylines of great achievementsby eminent people, or schools of thought that rise and fall in thewake of scientific progress. Instead, psychology is portrayed as anetwork of scientific and professional practices embedded inspecific temporal, social, political, and cultural contexts. Thenarrative is informed by three key concepts—indigenization,reflexivity, and social constructionism—and by thefascinating interplay between disciplinary Psychology and everydaypsychology.

The authors complicate the notion of who is at the center andwho is at the periphery of the history of psychology by bringing inactors and events that are often overlooked in traditionalaccounts. They also highlight how the reflexive nature ofPsychology—a science produced both by and abouthumans—accords history a prominent place in understanding thediscipline and the theories it generates.

Throughout the text, the authors show how Psychology andpsychologists are embedded in cultures that indelibly shape how thediscipline is defined and practiced, the kind of knowledge itcreates, and how this knowledge is received. The text also movesbeyond an exclusive focus on the development of North American andEuropean psychologies to explore the development of psychologies inother indigenous contexts, especially from the mid-20th-centuryonward.

Wiley; February 2010
408 pages; ISBN 9780470586013
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Title: A History of Modern Psychology in Context
Author: Wade Pickren; Alexandra Rutherford
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