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The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Human Sciences

Palgrave Macmillan


  • Provides an international overview of the field, demonstrating commonalities and differences between regions and approaches

  • Engages with debates in the field, e.g., concerning the authority and authenticity of human sciences, their relation to historical change, governing or policy directions, the role of institutions, the political environment

  • Authoritative reference for both researchers and practitioners/instructors, as well as undergrad- and postgrad-students, institutional administrators, journal editors, funding bodies.

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Table of contents (77 entries)

  1. A History of Self-Esteem: From a Just Honoring to a Social Vaccine

    • Alan F. Collins, George Turner, Susan Condor
  2. Anthropology, the Environment, and Environmental Crisis

    • María A. Guzmán-Gallegos, Esben Leifsen

About this book

The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Human Sciences offers a uniquely comprehensive and global overview of the evolution of ideas, concepts and policies within the human sciences. Drawn from histories of the social and psychological sciences, anthropology, the history and philosophy of science, and the history of ideas, this collection analyses the health and welfare of populations, evidence of the changing nature of our local communities, cities, societies or global movements, and studies the way our humanness or ‘human nature’ undergoes shifts because of broader technological shifts or patterns of living. This Handbook serves as an authoritative reference to a vast source of representative scholarly work in interdisciplinary fields.  a means of understanding patterns of social change and the conduct of institutions, as well as the histories of these ‘ways of knowing’ probe the contexts, circumstances and conditions which underpin continuity and change in the way we count, analyse and understand ourselves in our different social worlds. It reflects a critical scholarly interest in both traditional and emerging concerns on the relations between the biological and social sciences, and between these and changes and continuities in societies and conducts, as 21st century research moves into new intellectual and geographic territories, more diverse fields and global problematics.


  • Critique and the history of theory
  • History and Sociology of Knowledge
  • Histories of legal theory
  • Governing Individuals and Societies in the contemporary world
  • History of science and cultural hegemony
  • Anthropology, ethnography and ethnology
  • Social histories of knowledge
  • The Sociology of crowds
  • Human Sciences and the History of Psychiatry
  • Identity, constructing human and social subjects
  • Contextual factors of the civilising process

Editors and Affiliations

  • Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

    David McCallum

About the editor

Dr. David McCallum is Emeritus Professor at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. He has held ongoing positions in Australian universities since 1976 and invited to positions in international settings that focus on the history of human sciences, including the University of London, the University of Bologna, the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University and as Pemberton Fellow, University College Durham. He has won a major research grant to investigate policy and practice in the identification of psychopathy in psychiatric and psychological practice in Australia and UK, which has continued uninterrupted over three decades.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Human Sciences

  • Editors: David McCallum

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Behavioral Science and Psychology, Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences, Reference Module Business, Economics and Social Sciences

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-15-4106-3Due: 28 April 2023

  • Topics: Social/Human Development Studies, History of Science, Social Anthropology, Historical Sociology