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Development as a Social Process

Contributions of Gerard Duveen, 1st Edition

Edited by Serge Moscovici, Sandra Jovchelovitch, Brady Wagoner


270 pages

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This volume discusses the interface between human development and socio-cultural processes by exploring the writings of Gerard Duveen, an internationally renowned figure, whose untimely death left a void in the fields of socio-developmental psychology, cultural psychology, and research into social representations.

Duveen's original and comprehensive approach continues to offer fresh insight into core theoretical, methodological and empirical problems in contemporary psychology. In this collection the editors have carefully selected Duveen’s most significant papers to demonstrate the innovative nature of his contribution to developmental, social and cultural psychology.

Divided into three sections, the book includes:

  • Duveen's engagement with Jean Piaget
  • the role of social life in human development and the making of cognition
  • social representations and social identities

Introduced with chapters from Serge Moscovici, Sandra Jovchelovitch and Brady Wagoner, this book presents previously unpublished papers, as well as chapters available here in English for the first time. It will be essential reading for those studying high level developmental psychology, educational psychology, social psychology, and cultural psychology.


‘Through a carefully selected set of essays, the editors have created a marvelous Symposium, conducted by the late Gerald Duveen, where he, Piaget, Moscovici, Vygotsky and Bartlett explore the need for a synthetic approach to the nature of human development. A challenging and rewarding reading experience that taught me a lot’ - Professor Michael Cole, Director of Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition, University of California San Diego

‘Gerard Duveen was a remarkable scholar who developed an original conceptual approach linking together developmental, cultural and social psychology. In this volume the editors present Duveen's critical engagement with Piaget's and Moscovici's theories and his original thought in advancing difficult concepts like decentration, social representations, identities, beliefs and doubts, among many others. The volume, building on intellectual scholarship of the highest standard, will be inspirational for researchers in human and social sciences’ - Ivana Markova, Emeritus Professor in Psychology, University of Stirling

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction Jaan Valsiner Preface Serge Moscovici Introduction: The Context and Development of Ideas Sandra Jovchelovitch and Brady Wagoner Part 1: Piaget: A View from Afar 1. Children's Understanding of Friendship 2. The Child's Reconstruction of Economic Life 3. Piaget Ethnographer 4. Genesis and Structure: Piaget and Moscovici Part 2: Development as Decentration 5. Social Life and the Epistemic Subject 6. Psychological Development as a Social Process 7. Construction, Belief, Doubt 8. On Interviews: A Conversation with Carol Gilligan 9. The Constructive Role of Asymmetries in Social Interaction Part 3: Thinking through Social Representations 10. The Significance of Social Identities 11. Social Representations as a Genetic Theory 12. Representations, Identities, Resistance 13. Culture and Social Representations 14. Social Actors and Social Groups: A Return to Heterogeneity in Social Psychology

About the Editors

Serge Moscovici is Professor of Social Psychology at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris, and founder of the European Laboratory of Social Psychology at the Maison de Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France.

Sandra Jovchelovitch is Professor of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics, UK, where she directs the Masters programme in Social and Cultural Psychology.

Brady Wagoner is Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. He has received a number of prestigious academic awards, including the Sigmund Koch Award, Gates Cambridge Scholarship and the Jefferson Prize.

About the Series

Cultural Dynamics of Social Representation

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General