0066-4308/79/0201-0417$01.00 ZANDER THE GROWTH OF A FIELD On a warm September evening in 1942, Kurt Lewin spoke in Washington, D.C. to a dinner meeting of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. The second World War had just begun and travel was restricted, causing the Society to cancel its annual convention and to substitute this single session for persons in the neighborhood. Everyone was worried in those days about the fate of the country and the future of democracy, thus the audience probably was inclined to welcome the speaker's brave predicÂ tion. Although the scientific investigations of group work are but a few years old, I don't hesitate to predict that group work-that is, the handling of human beings not as isolated individuals, but in the social setting of groups-will soon be one of the most important theoretical and practical fields .... There is no hope for creating a better world without a deeper scientific insight into the function of leadership and culture, and of other essentials of group life (63). Later he added: "It is easier to affect the personality of ten people if they can be melted into a group than to affect the
Annual Review of Psychology – Annual Reviews
Published: Feb 1, 1979
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