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Box-reared babies, mechanical maids, and robot nurses: B. F. Skinner and better living in 1950s America

Rutherford, Alexandra (2001) Box-reared babies, mechanical maids, and robot nurses: B. F. Skinner and better living in 1950s America. In Proceedings CHEIRON: The Inernational Society for the History of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Bloomington, IN.

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Abstract

In this paper, I examine the popular reception of B.F. Skinner's baby tender in 1950s America. I contextualize diverse public opinion about the device in two prominent themes in American social thought during this period - discourse on better living through household technology, and discourse about parenting styles influenced by the popularization of psychoanalysis.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:baby box, air crib, technology of behavior, Skinner
Subjects:History > Social
Psychology > Behaviorism
ID Code:19
Deposited By:Rutherford, Alexandra
Deposited On:07 September 2001