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Epilogue: The Redux of Postmodernity

  • Roderick D. Buchanan (a1)

The essays in this topical issue illustrate the changing cultural form and function of the biopsyche disciplines – disciplines that are both sciences and technologies of selfhood. To varying degrees, each essay actively engages Paul Forman's thesis on modern and postmodern cultural valuations of science and technology. Forman invites those who read his work to view the cultural space framing science and technology in new ways (Forman 2007; idem 2010).

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Brinkmann, Svend. 2008. “Changing Psychologies in the Transition from Industrial Society to Consumer Society.” History of the Human Sciences 21 (2):85110.
Buchanan, Roderick D. 1997. “Ink Blots or Profile Plots: The Rorschach versus the MMPI as the Right Tool for a Science-Based Profession.” Science, Technology & Human Values 22 (2):168206.
Buchanan, Roderick D. 2002. “On not ‘Giving Psychology Away’: The Minnesota Multiphasic Inventory and Public Controversy over Testing in the 1960s.” History of Psychology 5 (3):284309.
Buchanan, Roderick D. 2010. Playing with Fire: The Controversial Career of Hans J. Eysenck. New York: Oxford University Press.
Dolnick, Edward. 1998. Madness on the Couch: Blaming the Victim in the Heyday of Psychoanalysis. New York: Simon and Schuster.
Eghigian, Greg, Killen, Andreas, and Leuenberger, Christine, eds. 2007. The Self as Project: Politics and the Human Sciences. Osiris 22. Chicago: University of Chicago Press Journals.
Forman, Paul. 2007. “The Primacy of Science in Modernity, of Technology in Postmodernity, and of Ideology in the History of Technology.” History and Technology 23 (1–2):1152.
Forman, Paul. 2010. “(Re)cognizing Postmodernity: Helps for Historians – of Science Especially.” Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 33 (2):157175.
Hayward, Rhodri. 2012a. “The Invention of the Psychosocial: An Introduction.” History of the Human Sciences 25 (5):312.
Hayward, Rhodri. 2012b. “Psychology and the Pursuit of Serenity in Post War Britain.” In Clio's Dream: Psychoanalysis and History, edited by Taylor, Barbara and Alexander, Sally, 283304. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Held, Barbara S. 2002. “The Tyranny of the Positive Attitude in America: Observation and Speculation.” Journal of Clinical Psychology 58 (9):965991.
Joyce, Patrick. 1994. Democratic Subjects: The Self and the Social in Nineteenth-Century England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Noll, Richard. 2011. American Madness: The Rise and Fall of Dementia Praecox. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Scull, Andrew. 2007. Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Strand, Michael. 2011. “Where Do Classifications Come From? The DSM-III, the Transformation of American Psychiatry, and the Problem of Origins in the Sociology of Knowledge.” Theory and Society 40 (3):273313.
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