Social Representations in the 'Social Arena'

Edited by Annamaria Silvana de Rosa

© 2012 – Routledge

416 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2012-09-05
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About the Book

Social Representations in the 'Social Arena' presents key theoretical issues and extensive empirical research using different theoretical and methodological approaches to consider the value of social representation theory when social representations are examined in real world contexts.

This comprehensive text brings together international experts to explore the relevance of a variety of applications of social representation theory in both institutional and organizational settings, and discusses how social representation theory compares with other constructs of social psychology. Areas covered include:

  • justice
  • leadership
  • health and mental illness
  • intergroup relations
  • identity
  • politics
  • environment and tourism
  • economics.

This book will appeal to a range of academic researchers and practitioners from a variety of fields who are concerned with the application of social representation theory to various contexts as a heuristic tool for addressing and understanding relevant societal issues faced with 'social demand'.

Table of Contents

de Rosa, Introduction: Taking Stock: A Theory with More Than Half a Century of History. Part I: Social Representations Theory Faced with 'Social Demand'. Moscovici, Reflections on Social Demand and Applied Social Psychology in General. Jodelet, Interconnections between Social Representations and Intervention. de Rosa, Research Fields in Social Representations: Snapshot Views from a Meta-Theretical Analysis Part II: Field Works in Various Contexts through Different Methodological Approaches. Berti, Mestitz Palmonari, Sapiognoli, Social Representation of Italian Criminal Justice: Ideals and Reality. Correia Jesuino, Perspectives on Leadership. Jodelet, Culture and Health Practices. Páez, Ubillos, Zubieta, Marques, AIDS's Social Representations: Beliefs, Attitudes, Memory and Social Sharing of Rumours. Lage, Ten to Fifteen Year Old Pupils Faced with AIDS. Echebarria-Echabe, Social Representations and Intergroup Relationships: Some Preliminary Questions. Devos, Doise, Identity and Interdependence: For a Social Psychology of the European Union. Valencia, de Montes, Ortiz Anzola, Normative Regulations and the Use of Language in Describing Political Events: An Analysis of the Pragmatic Use of Language in Newspapers. Kirchler, Hoelzl, Social Representations and Economic Psychology. Verges, Ryba, Social Representations of the Economy. Part III: A Modelling Approach to Social Representations. de Rosa, Bocci, Resisting Cognitive Polyphasia in the Social Representations of Madness. de Rosa, Place Identity and Social Representations of Historic Capital Cities: Rome Through the Eyes of first Visitors from six Countries.

About the Editor

Annamaria Silvana de Rosa is Professor of Attitudes and Social Representations, and the Psychology of Communication and New Media at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza'. She is the creator and the Scientific Coordinator of the EU-approved European PhD on Social Representations and Communication since 1993 and has been leading the EU-approved So.Re.Com. Thematic Network of Excellence since 2004.

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