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Title Cold War social science : knowledge production, liberal democracy, and human nature / edited by Mark Solovey and Hamilton Cravens.
Imprint New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.


 Main Stacks  H62.5.U5 C625 2012    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Description xv, 270 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Social sciences -- Research -- United States -- History.
World politics -- 1945-1989.
Contents Foreword: positioning social science in Cold War America / Theodore M. Porter -- 1. Cold War social science: spectre, reality, or useful concept? / Mark Solovey -- Part I. Knowledge Production: 2. Rise and fall of wartime social science: Harvard's Refugee Interview Project, 1950-1954 / David C. Engerman; 3. Futures studies: a new social science rooted in Cold War strategic thinking / Kaya Tolon; 4. 'It was All Connected': computers and linguistics in early Cold War America / Janet Martin-Nielsen; 5. Epistemic design: theory and data in Harvard's Department of Social Relations / Joel Isaac -- Part II. Liberal Democracy: 6. Producing reason / Hunter Heyck; 7. Column right, march! nationalism, scientific positivism, and the conservative rurn of the American social sciences in the Cold War Era / Hamilton Cravens; 8. From expert democracy to Beltway banditry: how the antiwar movement expanded the military-academic-industrial complex / Joy Rohde; 9. Neo-evolutionist anthropology, the Cold War, and the beginnings of the world turn in U.S. scholarship / Howard Brick -- Part III. Human Nature: 10. Maintaining Humans / Edward Jones-Imhotep; 11. Psychology, psychologists, and the creativity movement: the lives of method inside and outside the Cold War / Michael Bycroft; 12. An anthropologist on TV: Ashley Montagu and the biological basis of human nature, 1945-1960 / Nadine Weidman; 13. Cold War emotions: mother love and the war over human nature / Marga Vicedo.
Summary "From World War II to the early 1970s, social science research expanded in dramatic and unprecedented fashion in the United States, which became the world's acknowledged leader in the field. This volume examines how, why, and with what consequences this rapid and yet contested expansion depended on the entanglement of the social sciences with the Cold War. Utilizing the controversial but useful concept of "Cold War Social Science," the contributions gathered here reveal how scholars from established disciplines and new interdisciplinary fields of study made important contributions to long-standing debates about knowledge production, liberal democracy, and human nature in an era of diplomatic tension and ideological conflict"-- Provided by publisher.
Other Author Solovey, Mark, 1964-
Cravens, Hamilton.