List of illustrations; Preface; Note on sources and abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Historiography: 1. From out the cerebral well; Part II. Science and Social Interests: 2. The social sense of brain; 3. The rites of passage; Part III. Popular Science: 4. George Combe and the remolding of man's constitution; 5. The poacher turned gamekeeper: phrenologists abroad; 6. Secular methodism; Part IV. Radical Appropriation and Critique: 7. Richard Carlile and infidel science; 8. On standing socialism on its head; Conclusion; Appendix; Notes; Manuscript sources and public documents; Phrenological journals; Bibliographical index; General index.
This study concentrates on the social and ideological functions of science during the consolidation of urban industrial society.