This book will be an essential resource for any scholar interested in the history of social psychology, as well as upper-level students studying the history of the social sciences.
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Joan Valsiner, Professor of Psychology, Clark University,
USA, and Editor, Culture & Psychology
"This is a richly documented and vivid account of key events in
the formation of an academic discipline. It shows how individuals
make history, albeit not in conditions of their own making, by
seeking an alternative path for the globalization of knowledge. The
book traces the apparent failure of the project of rescuing a
social psychology of human beings from the global diffusion of a
local USA model (individualists, prescriptive, ethnocentric).
Ironically, this "invisible college" was initiated by a visionary
group of US scholars mobilizing allies in Europe, Latin America,
and Asia under adverse Cold-War conditions. This is an encouraging
book. The project of a universally relevant social psychology will
continue to inspire the quest for genuine human
Martin W. Bauer, Director MSc Social and Public
Communication, Institute of Social Psychology & Methodology
Institute, London School of Economics
"This fascinating and important book makes out a carefully
documented and persuasive case that one virtually forgotten
committee, more than any other body, was responsible for shaping
the international social psychology we know today. The book will be
an essential source for future research on and understanding of the
history of social psychology and anyone with an interest in that
history really should read it."
Colin Fraser, Department of Social Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge
List of Abbreviations..
I: The Quest for a Social Psychology of Human Beings.
1. The Birth of a New Science.
2. Two Sources of Modern Social Psychology..
II. The West European Experiment.
3. The West European Experiment.
3. Americans and Europeans.
4. The Transnational Committee: from New York to Rome.
5. The European Map of Social Psychology in the Mid-1960s.
6. The Second Milestone for European Social Psychology.
7. The Louvain Summer School.
8. The Ford Foundation and Fundraising for Europe..
III. The east European Experiment.
9. The First Encounter of a Small Science with Big History.
10. A Strange Animal..
IV. The Latin American Experiment.
11. Latin American Odyssey.
12. A Second Encounter with History.
13. An 'Invisible College.'.
V. Crossing the Atlantic.
14. A Crisis Delayed.
15. Crossing the Atlantic.
16. Pilgrims' Progress.
17. Rays and Shadows above the Transnational Committee.
Ivana Markova is Professor of Social Psychology, University of Stirling.