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Cultural Dynamics of Social Representation


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The series Cultural Dynamics of Social Representation is dedicated to bringing the scholarly reader new ways of representing human lives in the contemporary social sciences. It is a part of a new direction – cultural psychology – that has emerged at the intersection of developmental, dynamic and social psychologies, anthropology, education, and sociology. It aims to provide cutting-edge examinations of global social processes, which for every country are becoming increasingly multi-cultural. Therefore, social sciences need new ways of considering how to study human lives in their globalizing contexts. The focus of this series is the social representation of people, communities, and – last but not least – the social sciences themselves.

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History, Trauma and Shame: Engaging the Past through Second Generation Dialogue

History, Trauma and Shame: Engaging the Past through Second Generation Dialogue

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
October 02, 2020

History, Trauma and Shame provides an in-depth examination of the sustained dialogue about the past between children of Holocaust survivors and descendants of families whose parents were either directly or indirectly involved in Nazi crimes. Taking an autobiographical narrative perspective, the...

Semiotic Construction of the Self in Multicultural Societies: A Theory of Proculturation

Semiotic Construction of the Self in Multicultural Societies: A Theory of Proculturation

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Vladimer Gamsakhurdia
September 25, 2020

Semiotic Construction of the Self in Multicultural Societies elaborates on a holistic theory on the self, by means of integrating social representation theory, dialogical self theory and particular ideas from Vygotskyan developmental psychology in one framework. This book sends a humanistic...

Social Thinking and History: A Sociocultural Psychological Perspective on Representations of the Past

Social Thinking and History: A Sociocultural Psychological Perspective on Representations of the Past

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Constance De Saint Laurent
September 15, 2020

Social Thinking and History demonstrates that our representations of history are constructed through complex psychosocial processes, in interaction with multiple others, and that they evolve throughout our lifetime, playing an important role in our relation to our social environment. Building on...

Culture and the Cognitive Science of Religion

Culture and the Cognitive Science of Religion

1st Edition

James Cresswell
September 05, 2019

Culture and the Cognitive Science of Religion is the first book to bring together cultural psychology and the cognitive science of religion (CSR). Containing much-needed discussion of how good research should do more than simply follow methodological prescriptions, this thought-provoking and...

Experiences and Explanations of ADHD: An Ethnography of Adults Living with a Diagnosis

Experiences and Explanations of ADHD: An Ethnography of Adults Living with a Diagnosis

1st Edition

Mikka Nielsen
September 03, 2019

Experiences and Explanations of ADHD: An Ethnography of Adults Living with a Diagnosis presents research on the lived experiences of those diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Drawing on in-depth interviews with adults diagnosed with ADHD, the book provides an examination...

Educational Dilemmas: A Cultural Psychological Perspective

Educational Dilemmas: A Cultural Psychological Perspective

1st Edition

Luca Tateo
February 05, 2019

Educational Dilemmas uses cultural psychology to explore the challenges, contradictions and tensions that occur during the process of education, with consideration of the effect these have at both the individual and the collective level. It argues that the focus on issues in learning overlooks a...

Persons and their Minds: Towards an Integrative Theory of the Mediated Mind

Persons and their Minds: Towards an Integrative Theory of the Mediated Mind

1st Edition

Svend Brinkmann
December 19, 2018

Today’s approaches to the study of the human mind are divided into seemingly opposed camps. On one side we find the neurosciences, with their more or less reductionist research programs, and on the other side we find the cultural and discursive approaches, with their frequent neglect of the...

An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Human Mind: Subjectivity, Science and Experiences in Change

An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Human Mind: Subjectivity, Science and Experiences in Change

1st Edition

Line Joranger
November 05, 2018

One of the main aims of modern mental health care is to understand a person's explicit and implicit ways of thinking and acting. So, it may seem like the ultimate paradox that mental health care services are currently overflowing with brain concepts belonging to the external, visible brain-world...

Trust and Conflict: Representation, Culture and Dialogue

Trust and Conflict: Representation, Culture and Dialogue

1st Edition

Ivana Marková, Alex Gillespie
August 10, 2018

Trust, distrust and conflict between social groups have existed throughout the history of humankind, although their forms have changed. Using three main concepts: culture, representation and dialogue, this book explores and re-thinks some of these changes in relation to concrete historical and...

Representing Development: The social construction of models of change

Representing Development: The social construction of models of change

1st Edition

David Marco Carre, Jaan Valsiner, Stefan Hampl
January 12, 2018

Representing Development presents the different social representations that have formed the idea of development in Western thinking over the past three centuries. Offering an acute perspective on the current state of developmental science and providing constructive insights into future pathways,...

Imagination in Human and Cultural Development

Imagination in Human and Cultural Development

1st Edition

Tania Zittoun, Alex Gillespie
December 21, 2017

This book positions imagination as a central concept which increases the understanding of daily life, personal life choices, and the way in which culture and society changes. Case studies from micro instances of reverie and daydreaming, to utopian projects, are included and analysed. The...

Optimizing the Self: Social representations of self-help

Optimizing the Self: Social representations of self-help

1st Edition

Ole Jacob Madsen
February 07, 2017

This book provides an analysis of the social representations of leading self-help genres, including neurolinguistic programming, cognitive self-help therapy, mindfulness, self-management, self-esteem, self-leadership and self-control. Exploring the globalised therapeutic culture of today, the book...

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