The Complete Social Scientist: A Kurt Lewin Reader

Edited by Martin Gold
Pages: 363
Item #: 4315780
ISBN: 978-1-55798-532-3
List Price: $24.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 1999
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Kurt Lewin was one of the most influential social scientists of the twentieth century, and the impact of his work shows no sign of waning. In fact, today's scholars increasingly cite his groundbreaking work and his lifelong goal to use the findings of science to ameliorate social problems. Yet despite his lasting influence, Lewin's original works have been very difficult to find—until now.

A companion volume to APA's recent reissue of Lewin's Resolving Social Conflicts and Field Theory in Social Science (1998), this new collection includes additional selections from Lewin's most important early work and makes available fifteen out-of-print articles, including two that are available for the first time in English translations. This volume also includes an intellectual biography of Lewin's work and commentaries on his writings. This edition represents a major contribution to America's intellectual tradition and reflects the extraordinary range of Lewin's talent.

Table of Contents




The Making of a Compleat Social Scientist: A Brief Intellectual Biography

I. Philosopher of Science


  1. Cassirer's Philosophy of Science and the Social Sciences
  2. The Conflict Between Aristotelian and Galileian Modes of Thought in Contemporary Psychology
  3. Psychoanalysis and Topological Psychology

II. Research Psychologist


  1. Intention, Will, and Need
  2. "Two Fundamental Types of Life Processes"
  3. Level of Aspiration
  4. Frustration and Regression: An Experiment With Young Children
  5. Patterns of Aggressive Behavior in Experimentally Created "Social Climates"

III. Applied Psychologist


  1. Jewish Education and Reality
  2. Group Decision and Social Change
  3. The Dynamics of Group Action

IV. Sage


  1. Socializing the Taylor System
  2. Democracy and the School
  3. Personal Adjustment and Group Belongingness
  4. Psychology and the Process of Group Living


Editor Bio

Martin Gold, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Research Center for Group Dynamics of the Institute for Social Research and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Michigan. His research includes national surveys and field experiments on juvenile delinquency and studies of suicide, mother–daughter–friend relationships, sociometric structure of classroom groups, and effects of social status on family functioning. His most recent book is A New Outline of Social Psychology. He has also published articles on social psychological theory, particularly on the field theory of Kurt Lewin.