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Psychological Subjects: Identity, Culture, and Health in Twentieth-Century Britain

Mathew Thomson


This book provides the first history of how psychological thinking developed as a feature of life in 20th-century Britain. It ranges from the start of the century to the 1970s, covering academic and professional psychology, but devoting particular attention to popularization. It offers case studies of the emergence of a discipline and of psychology in relation to self help, the ‘new age’, education, economic life, medicine and psychiatry, the Second World War, and the ‘permissive society’. Questioning previous emphasis on psychology as a tool of governance, it highlights its role in enabling t ... More

Keywords: emotion, industrial civilization, modernity, permissive society, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychology, Second World War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199287802
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mathew Thomson, author
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Warwick
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