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Title: Social psychology, history and the study of the Holocaust: the perils of interdisciplinary ‘borrowing’
Authors: Tileaga, Cristian
Byford, Jovan
Keywords: Psychology
Bystander behaviour
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © American Psychological Association
Citation: TILEAGA, C. and BYFORD, J., 2014. Social psychology, history and the study of the Holocaust: the perils of interdisciplinary ‘borrowing’. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 20 (4), pp. 349-364.
Abstract: The article offers a critical examination of “borrowing” as a form of interdisciplinary engagement between psychology and history. This is where specific insights from one discipline are used (often selectively) by the other to shed light on a specific problem regarding experience, human motivation, or behavior. Using two studies on the social psychological aspects of the Holocaust as relevant examples, the article highlights some of the epistemological and conceptual tensions implicit in this form of interdisciplinarity. These include the role of narrative and emplotment in historical reconstruction, the relationship between texts and historical context, the role of discourse and interpretation, and the tension between universalism and particularism. The article considers the different ways in which some of these challenges could be overcome in future research, and how one might take the interdisciplinary study of the Holocaust, but also other instances of mass crimes and genocide, beyond selective “borrowing.”
Description: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1037/pac0000054
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18134
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pac0000054
ISSN: 1078-1919
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