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Constructing the Subject : Historical Origins of Psychological Research - Kurt Danziger

Constructing the Subject

Historical Origins of Psychological Research

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Published: 6th June 1994
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The book traces the history of psychological research methodology from the nineteenth century to the emergence of currently favored styles of research. Professor Danziger considers methodology as a kind of social practice rather than being simply a matter of technique. Therefore his historical analysis is primarily concerned with such topics as the development of the social structure of the research relationship between experimenters and their subjects, as well as the role of methodology in the relationship of investigators to each other and to a wider social context. Another major theme addresses the relationship between the social practice of research and the nature of the product that is the outcome of this practice.

'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 ... Constructing the Subject is essential reading for historians of psychology, and highly recommended reading for other historians and sociologists of science.' Isis 'Kurt Danziger's Constructing the Subject is the most striking achievement in historical research within psychology since the publication of Edwin G. Boring's History of Experimental Psychology in 1929.' American Scientist 'Danziger is to be commended for his incisive and compelling archeology of investigative practices. Without a doubt, this is the most important history of psychology to come along in years.' Contemporary Psychology

Preface
Introduction
Historical roots of the psychological laboratory
Divergence of investigative practice: the repudiation of Wundt
The social structure of psychological experimentation
The triumph of the aggregate
Identifying the subject inpsychological research
Marketable methods
Investigative practice as a professional project
From quantification to methodolatry
Investigating persons
The social construction of psychological knowledge
Appendix
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521467858
ISBN-10: 0521467853
Series: Cambridge Studies in the History of Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 6th June 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.43