Sociometry, Experimental Method and the Science of Society
Paperback, 238 Pages
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J. L. Moreno wrote books, chapters and articles about psychodrama. His writing, like the method he pioneered, is rich and complex. Many students, practitioners and participants around the world have encountered Moreno’s work in action; however, fewer people may have had the opportunity to read and think about the ‘words of the father’ due to the limited availability of key texts. A desire to ensure Moreno’s work is available to the widest possible audience inspired members of the North West Psychodrama Association to work together to re-publish the books in this series. We hope by doing so J. L. Moreno’s words will continue to reverberate across time and space: inspiring new generations of practitioners to be as creative and spontaneous as is possible whilst managing the complexity of modern day practice.
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Feb 14, 2013‘Sociometry, Experimental method and the Science of Society’ is the ninth title published by the North-West Psychodrama Association in the new Moreno-series. This book was originally published by Beacon House in 1951 and is maybe one of the less well-known texts written by Moreno, but nevertheless a valuable addition to his thoughts on the sociometric system as outlined in Who Shall Survive? As Gardner Murphy points out in his forward to this book, the reader will discover the intimate inter-relations between Moreno’s endeavours with spontaneity testing, spontaneity training and scoiometry, and will notice the relations of these systems to the theory of spontaneity, Moreno’s concept of the self and the technical use of psychodrama. The book brings examples of applications of the sociometric technique in schools, hospitals, welfare and penal institutions, old communities and ne re-settlement group, seeking to understand the bases of human compatibilities and incompatibilities. The book... More > is divided into five parts. Part one, ‘Sociometry and the experimental method’, defines sociometry and sociometric research, relating it to other social sciences, such as Gestalt theory and psychoanalysis for example. The second part looks at group formation, social dynamics and how action research can be used for the re-grouping of communities, bringing concrete examples from Moreno’s work with groups of children and marriage planning with couples. It also addresses issues around the social atom, role-playing, psychodrama, group psychotherapy, the role theory, as well as developments and pitfalls of the sociometric theory. Part three, entitled ‘Political sociometry’, explores the applicability of sociometry to political systems, comparing anarchistic, utopian, democratic and socialist forms of government in the context of Marxism and the industrial revolution. By comparing the American-British and German military psychology as applied to national defence in the mid-twentieth century, part four examines military sociometry. And finally part five presents the origins and foundations of interpersonal theory, sociometry and micro-sociology. As all the other titles previously published in this new series by the North-West Psychodrama Association, this book is available in print and download format on the www.lulu.com website. Zoli Figusch Series Editor< Less
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- North-West Psychodrama Association (Standard Copyright License)
- October 12, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.88 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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