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"A coherent datum of perception": Gordon Allport, Floyd Allport, and the politics of 'personality'

Nicholson, Ian A.M. (2000) "A coherent datum of perception": Gordon Allport, Floyd Allport, and the politics of 'personality' . Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 36(4):pp. 463-470.

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Abstract

This paper examines Floyd and Gordon Allport's early work on "personality" psychology. In the early 1920s, personality was an unorthodox topic. and for the Allports it initially served as an intellectual and personal bond. lloyd proposed the subject to his brother as a dissertation topic. and the two worked closely on developing personality tests. By 1924. however, 'personality" had become the site of a dispute between the two brothers ov er the intellectual and methodological character of American psychology. The present study examines the origins of this dispute, while gauging the personal and professional ramifi- eations of the dispute. On a larger level, this essay explores the role and meaning of "personality" in the academic culture of 1920s America.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:personality, individuality, Gordon Allport, Floyd Allport
Subjects:History > Biography
Psychology > Personality
Chronology > 20th Century
Geography > North America
ID Code:170
Deposited By:Nicholson, Ian
Deposited On:16 July 2003
Alternative Locations:http://people.stu.ca/~nicholso.staff/floyd2.htm