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Everyday Discourse and Common Sense

The Theory of Social Representations

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06 August 2005

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Thinking and talking in everyday life differs from thinking and talking in more formal contexts, and that difference is not always taken into account in social psychology. What is needed is an approach that sets the man and...

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Thinking and talking in everyday life differs from thinking and talking in more formal contexts, and that difference is not always taken into account in social psychology. What is needed is an approach that sets the man and woman in the street as competent actors in their own right, rather than just pinpointing their alleged cognitive shortcomings. This book proposes the theory of Social Representations, which allows us to articulate collective and individual psychological processes, as a solution. The text begins with a general analysis of everyday thinking in psychology, discussing research into socio-political, popular scientific and cultural systems of common-sense. The theory is presented through both classic and contemporary research into the construction of the social world, from the individual level of representations as metaphors, images and cognitive structures, to collective phenomena such as dialogue, discourse and shared understandings. The concluding chapters cover epistemological and methodological developments in the field. This book is the first comprehensive, integrative and book-length treatment of Moscovici's Theory of Social Representations in the English language.

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First comprehensive book on the theory of social representations in English
Includes a wide variety of global language research, previously unavailable in English
Original in linking the theory to everyday thinking and discursive processes
Covers individual, social and cultural aspects of everyday thinking
Illustrations are used to capture the gist of everyday beliefs and representations

Introduction
Everyday Life, Knowledge and Rationality
Universes of Everyday Knowledge
Introducing Social Representations
The Topography of Modern Mentality
The Organisation and Structure of Social Representations
Dynamics of Social Representations
Discourse, Transmission and the Shared Universe
Action, Objectification and Social Reality
Epistemological Aspects of Social Representation Theory
Methods in Social Representation Research
References
Endnotes
Index.

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WOLFGANG WAGNER was born in Vienna and received his PhD at the university of Vienna. Currently he is professor of social and economic psychology at the University of Linz. He has held various visiting professorships in the UK, France, Spain and Latin America. He founded the now online-journal Papers on Social Representations, published the German book Alltagsdiskurs and co-edited Theories and Controversies in Societal Psychology.

NICKY HAYES is a social psychologist with particular research interests in social representations and social identification, in everyday life and in managerial contexts. She is also widely known as the author of several books including Successful Team Management, Doing Psychological...

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WOLFGANG WAGNER was born in Vienna and received his PhD at the university of Vienna. Currently he is professor of social and economic psychology at the University of Linz. He has held various visiting professorships in the UK, France, Spain and Latin America. He founded the now online-journal Papers on Social Representations, published the German book Alltagsdiskurs and co-edited Theories and Controversies in Societal Psychology.

NICKY HAYES is a social psychologist with particular research interests in social representations and social identification, in everyday life and in managerial contexts. She is also widely known as the author of several books including Successful Team Management, Doing Psychological Research and various textbooks.

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