Jahoda, Gustav, 1920-2016
by Ivana Marková FBA and Andrew Jahoda
- 06 Aug 2019
- 20 (pages 155-174)
Born in Vienna, Gustav Jahoda arrived in the UK during the Second World War from France as a refugee. After the war he graduated from Birkbeck College London and obtained lectureships in psychology at the University of Manchester, the University College of the Gold Coast in Ghana and the University of Glasgow. In 1964 he became the founding Professor of the Department of Psychology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. As a cross-cultural and a cultural psychologist he studied the development of mental processes and solutions to practical problems in children and young adults in Ghana, Scotland and European countries. Jahoda made transdisciplinary theoretical contributions in human and social sciences which he formulated in numerous books and articles, for example, in Psychology and Anthropology (1982), Crossroads Between Culture and Mind (1992) and Images of Savages: Ancient Roots of Modern Prejudice in Western Culture (1999).