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The Resource Ruling minds : psychology in the British empire, Erik Linstrum

Ruling minds : psychology in the British empire, Erik Linstrum

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Ruling minds : psychology in the British empire
Title
Ruling minds
Title remainder
psychology in the British empire
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Erik Linstrum
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
At its zenith in the early twentieth century, the British Empire ruled nearly one-quarter of the world's inhabitants. As they worked to exercise power in diverse and distant cultures, British authorities relied to a surprising degree on the science of mind. Ruling Minds explores how psychology opened up new possibilities for governing the empire. From the mental testing of workers and soldiers to the use of psychoanalysis in development plans and counterinsurgency strategy, psychology provided tools for measuring and managing the minds of imperial subjects. But it also led to unintended consequences. Following researchers, missionaries, and officials to the far corners of the globe, Erik Linstrum examines how they used intelligence tests, laboratory studies, and even dream analysis to chart abilities and emotions. Psychology seemed to offer portable and standardized forms of knowledge that could be applied to people everywhere. Yet it also unsettled basic assumptions of imperial rule. Some experiments undercut the racial hierarchies that propped up British dominance. Others failed to realize the orderly transformation of colonized societies that experts promised and officials hoped for. Challenging our assumptions about scientific knowledge and empire, Linstrum shows that psychology did more to expose the limits of imperial authority than to strengthen it.--
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1983-
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Linstrum, Erik
Dewey number
150.9171241
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Psychology
  • British
  • British
  • Great Britain
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Ruling minds : psychology in the British empire, Erik Linstrum
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https://opac.eui.eu/client/en_GB/default/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:395622/one
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction I. Minds 1. The Laboratory in the Field: Inventing Imperial Psychology 2. A Dream Dictionary for the World: The Globalization of the Unconscious II. Tests 3. Meritocracy or Master Race? The Origins of Mental Testing in the British Empire 4. Square Pegs and Round Holes: Aptitude Testing in the Barracks and Beyond III. Experts 5. The Truth about Hearts and Minds: Development and Counterinsurgency in the Postwar Empire 6. Psychology beyond Empire: Global Expertise and the Postcolonial Mind Conclusion Notes Acknowledgments Index
Control code
FIEb17795333
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
309 pages
Isbn
9780674088665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 18720849
  • (OCoLC)906121604
Label
Ruling minds : psychology in the British empire, Erik Linstrum
Link
https://opac.eui.eu/client/en_GB/default/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:395622/one
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction I. Minds 1. The Laboratory in the Field: Inventing Imperial Psychology 2. A Dream Dictionary for the World: The Globalization of the Unconscious II. Tests 3. Meritocracy or Master Race? The Origins of Mental Testing in the British Empire 4. Square Pegs and Round Holes: Aptitude Testing in the Barracks and Beyond III. Experts 5. The Truth about Hearts and Minds: Development and Counterinsurgency in the Postwar Empire 6. Psychology beyond Empire: Global Expertise and the Postcolonial Mind Conclusion Notes Acknowledgments Index
Control code
FIEb17795333
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
309 pages
Isbn
9780674088665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 18720849
  • (OCoLC)906121604

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