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New and Noteworthy Books in the History of the Human Sciences

Inventing Personality examines the early career of Gordon Allport (1897–1967) to reveal the history of the personality category he championed. Drawing on an extensive array of previously unpublished biographical materials, Nicholson masterfully combines biography with intellectual history to reveal the … Continue reading

In this lucid and original book, Warwick Anderson offers the first comprehensive history of Australian medical and scientific ideas about race and place. In nineteenth-century Australia, the main commentators on race and biological differences were doctors. The medical profession entertained … Continue reading

Peder Anker is the winner of 2000 FHHS Dissertation Award From 1895 to the founding of the United Nations in 1945, the promising new science of ecology flourished in the British Empire. Peder Anker asks why ecology expanded so rapidly … Continue reading

Kenneth Clark’s famous “doll tests” shocked the nation in the 1950s when he was able to demonstrate that when given a choice, Black children preferred white dolls to black dolls. Few remember that these tests were performed within the context … Continue reading

The vital place of literature and the figure of the writer in Russian society and history have been extensively studied, but their role in the evolution of psychiatry is less well known. In Diagnosing Literary Genius: A Cultural History of … Continue reading

Wilhelm Wundt is widely recognized as a founder of modern experimental psychology. One of his many contributions was to help establish the Leipzig Institute for Experimental Psychology — the first graduate program in the field — in 1879, the centennial … Continue reading

Paul Lerner is the winner of the 1998 FHHS Dissertation Award. Trauma — the psychological consequences of wars, accidents and abuse — has become the subject of heated debate among doctors, psychologists, and lay critics (and activists) in recent years. … Continue reading

Eleven chapters consider the elevation of psychology to the status of a natural science, identifying the intellectual, social, technological, and institutional currents influencing this development. Individual chapters examine the place of numerous tendencies within psychology, including eugenics, phrenology, the study … Continue reading

Lyn Schumaker won the 1995 FHHS Dissertation Award Africanizing Anthropology tells the story of the anthropological fieldwork centered at the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) during the mid-twentieth century. Focusing on collaborative processes rather than on the activity … Continue reading