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  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press (20 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745622267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745622262
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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′Serge Moscovici has been a steady and brilliant influence for the good in social psychology. Even when you don′t agree with him, he′s still worth listening to attentively.′ Jerome Bruner, New York University

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Serge Moscovici first introduced the concept of social representations into contemporary social psychology nearly forty years ago. Since then the theory has become one of the predominant approaches in social psychology, not only in continental Europe, but increasingly in the Anglo–Saxon world as well. While Moscovici′s work has spread broadly across the discipline, notably through his contributions to the study of minority influences and of the psychology of crowds, the study of social representations has continued to provide the central focus for one of the most distinctive and original voices in social psychology today.

This volume brings together some of Moscovici′s classic statements of the theory of social representations, as well as elaborations of the distinctive features of this perspective in social psychology. In addition the book includes some recent essays in which he re–examines the intellectual history of social representations, exploring the diverse ways in which this theory has responded to a tradition of thought in the social sciences which encompasses not only the contributions of Durkheim and Piaget, but also those of Lévy–Bruhl and Vygotsky. The final chapter of the book consists of a long interview with Ivana Marková, in which Moscovici not only reviews his own intellectual itinerary but also gives his views on some of the key questions facing social psychology today.

The publication of this volume provides an essential source for the study of social representations and for an assessment of the work of a social psychologist who has consistently sought to re–establish the discipline as a vital element of the social sciences.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Y. Tani on 14 Nov. 2009
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Serge Moscovici is, together with others, the father of social psychology. Social representations theory stemmed from his russian genious while trying to understand the psychology of collectivities. In doing so, he shifted the attention of psychological studies from the individual to the croud. It is interesting how the symbolic meanings of everyday social entities are explained as a dialectic product of science and society. According to him, the building of a society is achieved through a continuous action on humankind of the 'human scintific mind' and the 'collective social mind'. Social representations which build our social reality, exist in ways that cannot be demonstrated as pure sciences do. Their exsistance is proved by the hypothesis of their inexistence, or better a sort of 'null hypothesis'.
Moscovici is a true visionaire: by laying the basis of social psychology he provides matter on which two pedagogical giants as Piaget and Vygotski, work.
Even if his complex social paradigm can be understood only by reading other books, Moscovici expresses in this writing some of his fundamental categories of thought.
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