Alan Collins

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Psychology: Global Perspectives

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195366556
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology


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The domains of academic inquiry, management of practical problems, and popular engagement with psychological ideas have each contributed to the establishment of psychology in England. The mid-19th century saw the emergence of a set of conditions that allowed psychology as a separate discipline and practice to emerge. This chapter examines those conditions before considering the moves to institutionalization of psychology in the early 20th century. However, even by then, psychology’s presence in England was precarious, and it was not until the years between the two World Wars that it gained a more established position in universities, in places such as schools and factories, and in the popular imagination. This chapter examines how this was achieved and concludes with a brief review of the conditions immediately post-World War II that allowed for the large expansion of psychology in England that took place in the last third of the 20th century.

Keywords: Phrenology; Psychophysiology; Feeblemindedness; Laboratories; Shell-shock; Child study; Popular psychology

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Subjects: Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology

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