Engineering Society: The Role of the Human and Social Sciences in Modern Societies, 1880-1980

Hardcover | November 13, 2012

EditorBenjamin Ziemann, Kerstin Brückweh, Richard F. Wetzell

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Explaining crime by reference to abnormalities of the brain is just one example of how the human and social sciences have influenced the approach to social problems in Western societies since 1880. Focusing on applications such as penal policy, therapy, and marketing, this volume examines how these sciences have become embedded in society.

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Explaining crime by reference to abnormalities of the brain is just one example of how the human and social sciences have influenced the approach to social problems in Western societies since 1880. Focusing on applications such as penal policy, therapy, and marketing, this volume examines how these sciences have become embedded in soci...

BENJAMIN ZIEMANN is Professor of Modern German History at the University of Sheffield and author of Contested Commemorations. War Remembrances and Republican Politics in Weimar Germany (Cambridge: CUP 2013).KERSTIN BRÜCKWEH is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute London, UK, and editor of The Voice of the Citizen Consu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 10.15 × 6.35 × 1.1 inPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230279070

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction. The Scientization of the Social in Comparative Perspective; B.Ziemann, R.F.Wetzell, D.Schumann & K.Brückweh
Embedding the Human Sciences in Western Societies, 1880-1980. Reflections on Trends and Methods of Current Research; L.Raphael
PART I: SOCIAL AND PENAL POLICY
Contesting Risk. Specialist Knowledge and Workplace Accidents in Britain, Germany and Italy, 1870-1920; J.Moses
Politics through the Back Door. Expert Knowledge in International Welfare Organizations; M.Lengwiler
Rationalizing the Individual – Engineering Society. The Case of Sweden; T.Etzemüller
The Neurosciences and Criminology: How Experts have moved into Public Policy and Debate; P.Becker
PART II: DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY
The Psychological Sciences and the 'Scientization' and 'Engineering' of Society in Twentieth-century Britain; M.Thomson
Mental Health as Civic Virtue: Psychological Definitions of Citizenship in the Netherlands, 1900-1985; H.Oosterhuis
Human Sciences, Child Reform and Politics in Spain, 1890-1936; T.Kössler
Narcissism: Social Critique in Me-Decade America; E.Lunbeck
PART III: POLLING, MARKETING, AND ORGANIZATIONS
Hearing the Masses: The Modern Science of Opinion in the United States; S.Igo
Observing the Sovereign. Opinion Polls and the Restructuring of the Body Politic in West Germany, 1945-1990; A.Kruke & B.Ziemann
Consumers, Markets and Research: The Role of Political Rhetoric and the Social Sciences in the Engineering of British and American Consumer Society, 1920-1960; S.Schwarzkopf
Business Organizations, Foundations, and the State as Promoters of Applied Social Sciences in the United States and Switzerland, 1890-1960; E.Walter-Busch
Catholic Church Reform and Organizations Research in the Netherlands and Germany, 1945-1980; B.Ziemann & C.Dols
Index