Article ID: CBB001221634

American Social Psychology: Examining the Contours of the 1970s Crisis (2012)


Faye, Cathy (Author)

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Volume: 43
Pages: 514--521

Publication Date: 2012
Edition Details: Part of a special section: “Assimilating Knowledge---Food and Nutrition in Early Modern Physiologies and Psychology, A Science in Crisis? A Century of Reflections and Debates”
Language: English

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, social psychologists diagnosed their field as suffering a state of disciplinary crisis. The crisis was a multifaceted one, but issues of methodology, social relevance, and disciplinary, philosophical, and theoretical orientation were the primary areas of concern. Given that these issues have been prominent ones throughout the history of the social and behavioral sciences, it becomes necessary to look to the immediate context of the 1970s crisis to understand how and why a disciplinary crisis came to be diagnosed. The present analysis suggests that the crisis reflected the larger crisis in American society and also drew on the language of crisis prevalent at the time. Employing this language may have offered the field a method of making sense of, reframing, and redirecting internal and external critiques of the discipline.

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Article Sturm, Thomas; Mülberger, Annette (2012) Crisis Discussions in Psychology---New Historical and Philosophical Perspectives. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (p. 425). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Baistow, Karen
Lynn, Richard
Füredi, Frank
Blass, Thomas
Borch, Christian
Smith, M. Brewster
History of the Human Sciences
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
History of Psychology
History of Education Quarterly
New York University Press
Oxford University Press
University of New York
Science and society
Social psychology
Discipline formation
Methodology of science; scientific method
Milgram, Stanley
Broch, Hermann
Smith, M. Brewster (Mahlon Brewster)
Zimbardo, Philip G.
Brooks, William Keith
Sarfatti, Gualtiero
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century, early
19th century
21st century
United States
United States. Central Intelligence Agency
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
National Defense Education Act (NDEA)

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