This is the first book to provide a broad overview of the history of Psychology in South Africa. Building on the small but significant body of existing local historical work, this volume expands the historical focus on Psychology considerably by presenting the discipline both in its formal academic development and its complex entanglement with the economic and political developments of this society during the twentieth century.The various chapters each address a major orientation, field, or sub-discipline of Psychology, paying attention to the academic, professional, as well as political dimensions of its origins and development in South Africa. Comprised of histories of inauguration and subsequent institutionalisation rather than, strictly speaking, histories of ideas, the contributions to this volume take great care to trace the development of Psychology in teaching and research institutions, in various domains and modalities of application, and in the context of Psychology's involvement in the political history of South Africa. The volume blends a number of established and younger voices in South African Psychology.
CLIFFORD VAN OMMEN is a lecturer in Psychology at Rhodes University, South Africa. He is a clinical psychologist and a member of the South African Clinical Neuropsychological Association. DESMOND PAINTER is a lecturer in Psychology at Stellenbosch University. His teaching areas include qualitative methods, the philosophy of social science and, primarily, social psychology. He has co-edited a research methods textbook, published academic articles and book chapters, and contributes articles and book reviews to the Afrikaans press in South Africa.