Social Justice and Psychological Science in New York City, 1945-1965

Social Justice and Psychological Science in New York City, 1945-1965

Monday, November 13, 2006

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by the Psychology Section

 

Speaker: Wade Pickren, American Psychological Association, Ryerson University, Toronto

Social Justice and Psychological Science in New York City, 1945-1965: Wade Pickren

Drawing upon published literature, oral histories, and archival material, I argue that the city provided a unique space, a living laboratory, for New York psychologists to extend the application of psychological science to social justice issues in the two decades after World War II. Certainly, there were psychologists who, before the war, applied their work to such issues. However, the period after the war was intensely controversial and fruitful in matters of social justice. Of the many social justice issues addressed by New York psychologists in this period, I focus on those concerning civil rights and public education.