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Creating a Consensus: Psychologists, the Supreme Court, and School

Jackson, John (1998) Creating a Consensus: Psychologists, the Supreme Court, and School. Journal of Social Issues 54:pp. 143-177.

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Abstract

SPSSI psychologistsÂ’ involvment in the early civil rights movement in the postwar United States was epitomized by their involvement in the case of Brown v. Board of Education. This paper examines how social scientists sought to maintain the persona of objective, scientific expert when asked to prepare briefs for the United States Supreme Court for the Brown case. The social scientists believed that only by collapsing what they saw as an artificial distinction between objectivity and advocacy could the social scientist become a social activist. This paper is based on extensive archival research, including the papers of Gordon W. Allport, Kenneth B. Clark, Stuart W. Cook, David Krech, the NAACP, Theodore M. Newcomb, Robert Redfield, and SPSSI.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:social psychology, race, Kenneth B. Clark, psychology and litigation
Subjects:Chronology > 20th Century
Geography > North America
History > Intellectual
History > Social
Psychology > Race
Psychology > Social
ID Code:140
Deposited By:Jackson, John
Deposited On:23 April 2003
Alternative Locations:http://comm.colorado.edu/jjackson/research/consensus.pdf