Article ID: CBB000773006

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


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)


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

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Authors & Contributors
Hart, Roger
Opotow, Susan
Kidder, Louise
Luttrell, Wendy
Harris, Sheldon H.
Bederson, Benjamin
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
New York, City University of
Clarice Publications
Duke University Press
University of Tennessee Press
University of Pennsylvania
Science and war; science and the military
World War II
Science and race
Military technology
Chemical warfare
Reiche, Fritz
Kraut, Heinrich
Le Bon, Gustave
Vogt, William
Osborn, Henry Fairfield
Einstein, Albert
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain
Arctic regions
Niels Bohr Institutet, Copenhagen

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