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Making a Study of These Things

Alan Rosen

in The Wonder of Their Voices

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395129
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395129.003.0007

Series: Oxford Oral History Series

Making a Study of These Things

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Boder's vocation as a psychologist moved him to conceive the interviews, shaped the way he carried them out, and guided his analysis of them. This chapter highlights several psychological concepts and techniques current in the 1940s that were integral to Boder's interview project. These include: the notion of the “personal document”—the report of an individual on his or her own experience—without which Boder might never have launched his expedition; the projective test known as the TAT, Boder's brief use of which elicited remarkable lyrical testimony from a number of DPs and also sheds light on Boder's evolving view of psychology in relation to the interviews; and an inventory of trauma, which in time became the means to codify the DPs' stories of physical and mental brutality. The steady support of the National Institute of Mental Health demonstrates the affirmation of Boder's work in the eyes of mainstream psychology and through the channels of a major American research institution.

Keywords: TAT; lyrical testimony; inventory of trauma; personal document; psychology

Chapter.  12621 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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