Article ID: CBB001220673

Building the Boundaries of a Science: First Representations of Italian Social Psychology between 1875 and 1954 (2011)


The present study embraces the critical traditions of New History and of social representations theory articulated with the mainstream historiographical tradition of a bibliometric approach. The historical analysis deals with the early representations of Italian social psychology articulated and disseminated by some of the main Italian scientific-cultural and philosophical journals. We examined seven journals published between 1875 and 1954, and gathered 2,030 texts dealing with the various forms of social and collective psychology. We have applied a grid of content analysis whose data have been transcribed to a numerical file. At the same time, we have created a textual file containing the titles of the contributions as well as the names of the authors and scholars reviewed. The two files have been processed by SPAD-T for a correspondence analysis in which both lexical data and category variables have been considered as active variables. Through the scree-test, two factors that explain 18.90% of the variance have been singled out. Their combination has produced a factorial plan able to highlight three distinct areas differently characterized from journals and years. The results are also discussed with regard to the contextual historical frame. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved)


Description A statistical analysis of “seven journals [and 2,030 texts] dealing with the various forms of social and collective psychology.” (from the abstract)

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Authors & Contributors
Green, Christopher D.
Lombardo, Giovanni Pietro
Feinerer, Ingo
Sensales, Gilda
Dal Secco, Alessandra
Bartolucci, Chiara
History of Psychology
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
International Statistical Review
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
History of the Human Sciences
Medicina Historica
University of North Carolina Press
Cambridge University Press
Cornell University Press
University of Toronto
Harvard University
Social psychology
Periodicals; serials
Morselli, Enrico
Pearson, Karl
Hall, Granville Stanley
Sarfatti, Gualtiero
Ferri, Enrico
Vignoli, Tito
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
United States
University of Chicago

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