The fall 2011 issue of the journal Memorandum: Memory and History in Psychology (Memorandum: Memória e História em Psicologia) is now available online. Although much of the issue’s content is in Portuguese, an English language article by Wade Pickren may be of interest to AHP’s readers. In “New York state of mind: culture, history, and psychology in New York City” Pickren describes how psychology developed in New York City, focusing particularly on the city as an intellectual center, as a site for the diversification of psychology, and as a place of social activism. The abstract reads,
Place is important for understanding knowledge and scientific practices. In turn, knowledge and practice influence the place they occur. Place is not simply the stage where the real action happens, but it is itself constitutive of systems of human interaction, thus ideas are produced and shaped in resonance with their environments. Here the author argues that New York City was an important site for the growth and diversification of application of psychology during the decade of the 1920s. The city both shaped the science and practice that grew there and was shaped by it.
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