The Roots of Modern Social Psychology focuses on the relations between psychology and the social sciences, includes sociological forms of social psychology and tackles its historiography as well as its history. It challenges the accuracy and inadequacy of the existing histories and sets out a new agenda that will be important reading for students and researchers alike.
1. Modern social psychology: a characteristically American phenomenon.
2. The emergence in Germany of psychology as a natural and social science.
3. The psychology of the masses and of culture.
4. George Herbert Mead: philosopher and social psychologist.
5. The Murchison Handbook of 1935: a truly comparative psychology.
6. The individualisation of social psychology in North America.
7. Sociological and psychological forms of social psychology.
8. Ancestors and founders: reconstructing the past.
9. War and the history of social psychology.
10. The long past and the short history of social psychology.
Appendix I: Some significant dates in the emergence of psychology as an experimental and social science 1872 – 1937.
Appendix II: The rubric for Paper V of the University of London Examinations in Psychology in the early 1960s.
Appendix III: Reviewers comments on The Long past and the Short History of Social Psychology.
"Written with verve and imagination, Professor Farr′s book is an important and sure to be controversial attempt to revitalize historical thinking in social psychology." Professor Serge Moscovici, Ecole Des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
"... the first comprehensive history of social psychology, covering European, as well as American, sociological as well as psychological perspectives... provides an indispensable resource for anyone seeking more than a one dimensional orientation to social psychology." Kurt Danziger, Professor Emeritus, York University
"Farr′s often intriguing judgements, opinions, and speculations make, as intended, for a provocative book." Contemporary Psychology