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Floyd Matson Bio-Bibliography

Floyd Matson is the author or editor of eleven books in the fields of history and the social sciences. Two of his books were written in collaboration with Jacobus tenBroek, the founder of the National Federation of the Blind; one of those books, Hope Deferred: Public Welfare and the Blind (1959), has acquired the stature of a classic text within the organized blind movement. The other collaboration, Prejudice, War and the Constitution (1954), won the Woodrow Wilson Award of the American Political Science Association. Matson's books which have been translated into German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese editions include The Broken Image (1964), The Idea of Man (1976), The Human Connection (1979), and The Dehumanization of Man (1983).  Matson is Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawaii, where he has taught since 1965.  Prior to that he was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned his Ph.D. in political science.  He has lectured widely abroad (including England, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and South Korea), and in 1988 he delivered a series of broadcast lectures on American culture to a nationwide television audience in Japan. Among the honors he has received is the Distinguished Humanist Award of the American Humanist Association.  He is a past president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology and serves on the editorial boards of three professional journals.

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