The construct of social representations is a central topic in any social psychology course. European social psychology, originating with Moscovici, has offered important research and theoretical insights on this specific aspect of the social action of individuals, who - through their daily reflections and communication in the course of everyday encounters - build up a shared representation of experienced phenomena. Starting with Moscovici's first study of the image of psychoanalysis, this book describes the development of social representation models through the words of the main figures of European social psychology, the paradigms of which they developed and continue to elaborate. So this is an authoritative and theoretically solid, yet accessible, text, which focuses on social representations as described and explained by the scholars who continue to refine the construct.
Contents: Introduction, by A. Palmonari and F. Emiliani. - 1.
"La psychanalyse, son image et son public": The Basic Ideas Underlying
Theory, by F. Emiliani and A. Palmonari. - 2. The Evolution of Theory, by J.
Jesuino. - 3. The Implementation of Paradigms, by A. Almeida and W. Doise. -
4. The Structural Developments of Theory, by J.-C. Abric and E. Tafani. - 5.
Dialoguicity and Knowledge, by I. Markova. - 6. Representations and Social Science:
Encounters and Reciprocal Contributions, by D. Jodelett. - Conclusions.
Augusto Palmonari teaches General Psychology at the University of Bologna.
Francesca Emiliani teaches Social Psychology at the University of Bologna.