1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781138609303
Published September 15, 2020 by Routledge
170 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

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 the literature on social thinking, collective memory, and sociocultural psychology, this book proposes a new perspective on how we understand and use our collective past. It focuses on how we actively think about history to construct representations of the world within which we live and how we learn to challenge or appropriate the stories we have heard about the past. Through the analysis of three studies of how history is understood and represented in different contexts – in political discourses in France, by intellectuals and artists in Belgium, and when discussing a current event in Poland – its aim is to offer a rich picture of our representations of the past and the role they play in everyday life.

This book will be of great interest toacademics, researchers, and postgraduate students in the fields of psychology, memory studies, sociology, political science, and history. It will also make an interesting read for psychologists and human and social scientists working on collective memory.

Table of Contents

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Series editor's introduction by Jaan Valsimer


1 Sociocultural psychology

2 Social thinking and collective memory

3 Thinking about the collective past: beyond collective memory

4 The collective past in ineractions

5 Trajectories of remembering

6 Resources and processes to think about the collective past



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Constance de Saint Laurent is a postdoctoral researcher for the Swiss National Science Foundation, at the University of Bologna and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland.

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