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Scientific Pollyannaism

From Inquisition to Positive Psychology

Authors: Yakushko, Oksana

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  • Highlights the various ways scientism can reflect and support socially oppressive structures and attitudes
  • Reviews historical attempts within American mainstream psychology to promote positivity and productivity through the supposedly unarguable sciences of research
  • Orients the concept of Pollyannaism within the larger context of scientism, positive psychology, and the systematic oppression of minority groups
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About this book

This book argues that the story of the orphan girl Pollyanna (namely, her strategy of playing the “glad games” to manage loss, abuse, and social prejudice) serves as a framework for critiquing historical forms of Western scientific Pollyannaism. The author examines Pollyannaism as it relates to the sciences, demonstrating how the approach has been used throughout modern Western history to enforce happiness and to criticize negative human emotional states. These efforts, carried out by scientists and popularized as scientific, focus on negating the role of the environment and on promoting varied forms of emotional control. Ultimately, the book emphasizes strategies used to compel individuals into becoming Pollyannas about science itself.

About the authors

Oksana Yakushko, PhD, is Department Chair and faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA, USA.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • An Introduction to the (Supposedly) Good Life

    Pages 1-15

    Yakushko, Oksana

  • Demonized Emotions and Tortured Bodies in the Age of Scientific Progress

    Pages 17-25

    Yakushko, Oksana

  • The Survival of the Happiest Who (Get to) Control the Resources and Procreation

    Pages 27-42

    Yakushko, Oksana

  • Eugenic Scientific Utopias Filled with Socially Engineered Happy Productive People

    Pages 43-89

    Yakushko, Oksana

  • From the Science of Human Betterment to the Science of Behavioral Control

    Pages 91-110

    Yakushko, Oksana

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-15982-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-15981-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scientific Pollyannaism
Book Subtitle
From Inquisition to Positive Psychology
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15982-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15982-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15981-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 241
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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