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Scientific Pollyannaism

From Inquisition to Positive Psychology

Authors: Yakushko, Oksana

  • Highlights the various ways scientism can reflect and support socially oppressive structures and attitudes
  • Reviews historical attempts within American mainstream psychology to promote positivity and productivity through the supposedly unarguable sciences of research
  • Orients the concept of Pollyannaism within the larger context of scientism, positive psychology, and the systematic oppression of minority groups
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  • Due: September 7, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-15982-5
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About this book

This book argues that the story of the orphan girl Pollyanna (namely, her strategy of playing the “glad games” to manage loss, abuse, and social prejudice) serves as a framework for critiquing historical forms of Western scientific Pollyannaism. The author examines Pollyannaism as it relates to the sciences, demonstrating how the approach has been used throughout modern Western history to enforce happiness and to criticize negative human emotional states. These efforts, carried out by scientists and popularized as scientific, focus on negating the role of the environment and on promoting varied forms of emotional control. Ultimately, the book emphasizes strategies used to compel individuals into becoming Pollyannas about science itself.

About the authors

Oksana Yakushko, PhD, is Department Chair and faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA, USA.

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: September 7, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-15982-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: August 10, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-15981-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scientific Pollyannaism
Book Subtitle
From Inquisition to Positive Psychology
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15982-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15982-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15981-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 235
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