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An evaluation of Nicholas Rubakin's concept of bibliopschology in the light of current psychological research

Simsova, S.; (1976) An evaluation of Nicholas Rubakin's concept of bibliopschology in the light of current psychological research. Doctoral thesis (M.Phil), University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

The theory of bibliopsychology was developed by Nicholas Rubakin at the International Institute of Bibliopsychology in Switzerland in the years 1916-1946. It deals with the interaction. of the book and the reader and its methods can be applied to improving reader satisfaction in libraries. This thesis concentrates on the theoretical basis of bibliopsychology and on its method of quantitative investigation called the "special method". Other aspects of Rubakin's many sided activity, such as reading surveys, bibliographical works classification, literary activity are touched on only briefly. Part I. examines the main concepts of biblio- psychology ( communication, mnema, projection, type) in a historical as well as more recent perspective. Part II. deals with the "special method" of bibliopsychology. It covers investigations which either use similar methods or seek solutions to similar problems by different methods. Part III. discusses the acceptance and rejection of bibliopsychology by the scientific community and librarianship in Rubakin's native Russia and in the West. It also examines bibliopsychology in the light of scientific method. In the conclusion there is an interim assessment of bibliopsychology as it appear to us today, with some suggestions for further research. It seems that if the concepts used in the theory of bibliopsychology are re-interpreted in modern terms and then put together again a model of reading can be produced.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: An evaluation of Nicholas Rubakin's concept of bibliopschology in the light of current psychological research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10146497
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