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The Cultural Meaning of Popular Science
Phrenology and the Organization of Consent in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Medicine

  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521673297


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  • This study of the popularity of phrenology in the second quarter of the nineteenth century concentrates on the social and ideological functions of science during the consolidation of urban industrial society. It is influenced by Foucault, by recent work in the history and sociology of science, by critical theory, and by cultural anthropology. The author analyses the impact of science on Victorian society across a spectrum from the intellectual establishment to working-class freethinkers and Owenite socialists. In doing so he provides the first extended treatment of the place and role of science among working-class radicals. The book also challenges attempts to establish neat demarcations between scientific ideas and their philosophical, theological and social contexts.

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    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521673297
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Note on sources and abbreviations
    Part I. Historiography:
    1. From out the cerebral well
    Part II. Science and Social Interests:
    2. The social sense of brain
    3. The rites of passage
    Part III. Popular Science:
    4. George Combe and the remolding of man's constitution
    5. The poacher turned gamekeeper: phrenologists abroad
    6. Secular methodism
    Part IV. Radical Appropriation and Critique:
    7. Richard Carlile and infidel science
    8. On standing socialism on its head
    Manuscript sources and public documents
    Phrenological journals
    Bibliographical index
    General index.

  • Author

    Roger Cooter, University of Manchester

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