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5.0 out of 5 stars Moscovici's genius!, 14 Nov 2009
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This review is from: Social Representations: Explorations in Social Psychology (Paperback)
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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Social Representations: Explorations in Social Psychology
Social Representations: Explorations in Social Psychology by Serge Moscovici (Paperback - 20 Oct 2000)
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