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Inventing Personality : Gordon Allport and the Science of Selfhood - Ian A.M. Nicholson

Inventing Personality

Gordon Allport and the Science of Selfhood

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"Inventing Personality" examines the early career of Gordon Allport (1897-1967) to reveal the history of the personality category he championed. Drawing on an extensive array of previously unpublished biographical materials, Nicholson combines biography with intellectual history to reveal the ways in which Allport's science was embedded in the cultural politics of America in the 1920s and the 1930s. He argues that personality's emergence as an object of science was linked to the gradual demise of character and the self-sacrificing, morally grounded self that it supported. Carefully highlighting Allport's complex commitments to both science and spirituality, Nicholson examines the rich cultural and historical contexts that framed the emergence of personality as a discipline, revealing multiple (even contradictory) meanings of "personality" in the language of American selfhood. He asserts that "personality's" appeal lay in its ability to integrate and obscure the complex polarities of material and spiritual; old and new; masculine and feminine; and freedom and control - categories rendered unstable in a new and distinctively modern age.

Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
"Fine Character and Splendid Ideals": Allport's Early Years (1897-1915)p. 13
A New World: Harvard (1915-1919)p. 29
The Missionary Life: Robert College, Constantinople (1919-1920)p. 55
A Science of Personality: Graduate School (1920-1922)p. 73
A Psychology of the Spirit: Germany and England (1922-1924)p. 103
Constructing a Category: Personality Psychology at Harvard and Dartmouth (1924-1930)p. 133
The Politics of Moderation: Personality Psychology at Harvard (1930-1936)p. 163
Personality and Social Crisis (1937-1938)p. 191
Conclusionp. 219
Notesp. 227
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 283
About the Authorp. 301
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ISBN: 9781557989291
ISBN-10: 155798929X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st January 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 18.42  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.88