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Mental Health in Historical Perspective
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Psychologies in Revolution

Alexander Luria’s 'Romantic Science' and Soviet Social History

Authors: Proctor, Hannah

  • Explores the work of Russian psychologist and neurologist Alexander Luria and the Soviet people with whom his work brought him into contact
  • Charts Luria’s career within the broader Soviet context, from the October Revolution of 1917, to the Stalinist Terror of the 1930s, to the aftermath of World War II and finally to the relative stability of the Brezhnev era
  • Contributes to contemporary debates in the emerging fields of critical neuroscience and medical humanities
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About this book

This book situates the work of the Soviet psychologist and neurologist Alexander Luria (1902-1977) in its historical context and explores the 'romantic' approach to scientific writing developed in his case histories. Luria consistently asserted that human consciousness was formed by cultural and historical experience. He described psychology as the ‘science of social history’ and his ideas about subjectivity, cognition and mental health have a history of their own. Lines of mutual influence existed between Luria and his colleagues on the other side of the iron curtain, but Psychologies in Revolution also discusses Luria’s research in relation to Soviet history – from the October Revolution of 1917 through the collectivisation of agriculture and Stalinist purges of the 1930s to the Second World War and, finally, the relative stability of the Brezhnev era – foregrounding the often marginalised people with whom Luria’s clinical work brought him into contact. By historicising science and by focusing on a theoretical approach which itself emphasised the centrality of social and political factors for understanding human subjectivity, the book also seeks to contribute to current debates in the medical humanities.

  

About the authors

Hannah Proctor is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare at the University of Strathclyde, UK, and has previously held positions at the ICI Berlin (Germany), University of Leeds (UK) and Birkbeck (UK), where she also completed her PhD.   

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eBook 59,49 €
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  • Due: February 18, 2020
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Hardcover 72,79 €
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  • Due: February 18, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-35027-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Psychologies in Revolution
Book Subtitle
Alexander Luria’s 'Romantic Science' and Soviet Social History
Authors
Series Title
Mental Health in Historical Perspective
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35028-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35028-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35027-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 259
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