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Constructing the Subject: Historical Origins of Psychological Research (Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0521467858 ISBN-10: 0521467853

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology
  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521467853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521467858
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Danziger is to be commended for his incisive and compelling archeology of investigative practices. Without a doubt, this is the most important book on the history of psychology to come along in years." Henderikus J. Stam, Contemporary Psychology

"A transformation is currently under way in the historiography of the science of psychology. and Kurt Danziger's book is one of the best of the new breed arising from that transformation... essential reading for historians of psychology, and highly recommended reading for other historians and sociologists of science." Deborah J. Coon, Isis

"...the most striking achievement in historical research within psychology since the publication of Edwin G. Boring's History of Experimental Psychology....Danziger presents psychologists with a tightly argued thesis supported by an impressive depth and breadth of scholarship. I hope that his book will initiate a profound and prolonged debate about the nature of psychology." John A. Mills, American Scientist

"...admirably documents the roots of psychology's identity conflict as a science, a trend which he shows often led psychologists away from good theory construction, only to become mired in method fetishism. In this, his history is refreshingly contemporary." Cheiron Newsletter

"Unlike most history of psychology texts, Constructing the Subject has clear and immediate relevance to those engaged in practising and teaching experimental psychology. They will not like the message but they must surely reply to it or at least acknowledge its receipt." The Times Higher Education Supplement

"...a tour de force in the new history of psychology. It transcends the old debate over internal versus external factors in the development of scientific knowledge by revealing the social processes that lead to particular kinds of knowledge claims." James H. Capshew, Theory & Psychology

"...helps to reveal the socially constructive character of psychological categories that are often taken as 'natural' entities in a reality independent of sociocultural processes. His method for doing this, however, is not ethnographic, but historical, and his book demonstrates how historical analysis can make an important contribution to the ongoing development of psychology." Harry Heft, The Psychological Record

"...essential reading for historians of psychology, and highly recommended reading for other historians and sociologists of science." Deborah J. Coon, Isis

"It is essential reading for all with an active interest in the history of our discipline and is highly recommended as well for garden-variety research practitioners who dare to consider practicing their art without taking its ways for granted." Charles W. Tolman, Canadian Psychology

Book Description

Considering methodology as a kind of social practice rather than being simply a matter of technique, this book traces the history of psychological research methodology from the nineteenth century to the emergence of currently favored styles of research.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Tsou on December 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
This text should be on the reading lists for history of psychology courses for years to come. Danziger explores the development of experimental research paradigms in psychology in a broad historical context. Danziger reveals the politics of psychological discourse by emphasizing the role of social context in determining how psychological knowledge claims become legitimate. Although I have a general aversion towards "social constructionism," I was utterly impressed by both the scholarship and authority of this book.
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