Article ID: CBB000773006

Governing the Grapevine: The Study of Rumor during World War II (2007)

unapi

Throughout the early 1940s, a host of rumors relating to the Second World War began to circulate, leading the government to establish various committees and undertake multiple projects intended to counteract rumors that were believed to threaten civilian morale and compromise national security. Simultaneously, social scientists also began taking measures to study and combat rumor. Such efforts included the institution of several community groups, deemed "rumor clinics," that aimed to decrease the prevalence of wartime rumor by educating the general public. This article outlines the rise and fall of rumor clinics, focusing specifically on the shifting boundaries and the mounting tensions between the United States government and social scientists in the study of rumor during World War II. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)(from the journal abstract)

...More

Description Both the US government and social scientists became interested in rumor and its effects during the war.


Citation URI
http://data.isiscb.org/isis/citation/CBB000773006/

Similar Citations

Article Johnny Miri; (2021)
The Fall of Vannevar Bush: The Forgotten War for Control of Science Policy in Postwar America (/isis/citation/CBB869305077/) unapi

Article Robertson, Thomas; (2012)
Total War and the Total Environment: Fairfield Osborn, William Vogt, and the Birth of Global Ecology (/isis/citation/CBB001232554/) unapi

Article Neuenschwander, Dwight E.; (2010)
Bright Ideas: From Concept to Hardware in the First Lasers (/isis/citation/CBB001320778/) unapi

Article Bederson, Benjamin; (2005)
Fritz Reiche and the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars (/isis/citation/CBB000641839/) unapi

Article Cesareo, Roberto; (2018)
Il progetto dei servizi segreti americani di assassinare Werner Heisenberg (/isis/citation/CBB317202112/) unapi

Book Harris, Sheldon H.; (2002)
Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932--1945, and the American Cover-Up (/isis/citation/CBB000201848/) unapi

Article Harvey, A. D.; (2013)
Air Warfare in Perspective (/isis/citation/CBB001320834/) unapi

Thesis Torre, Maria Elena; (2010)
The History and Enactments of Contact in Social Psychology (/isis/citation/CBB001567207/) unapi

Article Bendersky, Joseph W.; (2007)
“Panic”: The Impact of Le Bon's Crowd Psychology on U.S. Military Thought (/isis/citation/CBB000772496/) unapi

Article Velleman, Barry L.; (2008)
The “Scientific Linguist” Goes to War: The United States A.S.T. Program in Foreign Languages (/isis/citation/CBB001211635/) unapi

Book Ryan, Joseph W.; Stouffer, Samuel A.; (2013)
Samuel Stouffer and the GI Survey: Sociologists and Soldiers during the Second World War (/isis/citation/CBB001550261/) unapi

Book Remers, William A.; (2000)
Chemists at War: Accounts of Chemical Research in the United States During World War II (/isis/citation/CBB000740203/) unapi

Book Steven K. Bailey; (2019)
Bold Venture: The American Bombing of Japanese-Occupied Hong Kong, 1942–1945 (/isis/citation/CBB521114387/) unapi

Article Stephan Schwarz; (2021)
The Occupation of Niels Bohr’s Institute: December 6, 1943–February 3, 1944 (/isis/citation/CBB332875269/) unapi

Article Bocking, Stephen; (2012)
Nature on the Home Front: British Ecologists' Advocacy for Science and Conservation (/isis/citation/CBB001231328/) unapi

Article Finlay, Mark R.; (2011)
Behind the Barbed Wired of Manzanar: Guayule and the Search for Natural Rubber (/isis/citation/CBB001450584/) unapi

Article Doel, Ronald E.; Friedman, Robert Marc; Lajus, Julia; Sörline, Sverker; Wråkberg, Urban; (2014)
Strategic Arctic Science: National Interests in Building Natural Knowledge---Interwar Era through the Cold War (/isis/citation/CBB001450344/) unapi

Authors & Contributors
Hart, Roger
Opotow, Susan
Kidder, Louise
Luttrell, Wendy
Harris, Sheldon H.
Bederson, Benjamin
Journals
Physics in Perspective
History and Technology
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Historiographia Linguistica: International Journal for the History of the Language Sciences
Environment and History
Environmental History
Publishers
New York, City University of
Routledge
Clarice Publications
Duke University Press
University of Tennessee Press
University of Pennsylvania
Concepts
Science and war; science and the military
World War II
Science and race
Military technology
Chemical warfare
Chemistry
People
Reiche, Fritz
Kraut, Heinrich
Le Bon, Gustave
Vogt, William
Osborn, Henry Fairfield
Einstein, Albert
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
Places
United States
Germany
Japan
China
Great Britain
Arctic regions
Institutions
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Instituten
Niels Bohr Institutet, Copenhagen
Comments

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment