Social Representations and the Development of Knowledge

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This volume raises for the first time developmental issues in relation to the theory of social representations, which Serge Moscovici introduced to account for the influence of social life on psychological processes. Moscovici describes a society's values, ideas, beliefs and practices as social representations that function both as rule systems structuring social life and as codes facilitating communication. The editors' introduction identifies the need to expand the theory of social representations to consider ...
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Overview

This volume raises for the first time developmental issues in relation to the theory of social representations, which Serge Moscovici introduced to account for the influence of social life on psychological processes. Moscovici describes a society's values, ideas, beliefs and practices as social representations that function both as rule systems structuring social life and as codes facilitating communication. The editors' introduction identifies the need to expand the theory of social representations to consider developmental changes in social beliefs, in individual understanding, and in the process of communication. Individual chapters examine change in nursery school life, gender, social divisions in society, images of childhood, emotion, intelligence and psychology. Moscovici's final chapter considers the contribution of these developmental perspectives. The book will interest specialists and students within the human and social sciences, including developmental and social psychology, sociology, and communication studies.
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"...a useful introduction to social representations theory as well as to its abuses, possible limitations, and promise." Contemporary Sociology

"...deserves serious reading by all psychologists interested in culture and cognition, in social cognition, or in the blending of developmental with social psychology." Jacqueline J. Goodnow, Contemporary Psychology

"...I found this book most rewarding. I would now hope for more. This major beginning, however, is marked by a range and a degree of novelty that are unusual, and the book deserves serious reading by all psychologists interested in the course of development and in its social bases." Jacqueline J. Goodnow, Human Development

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521021036
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction Gerald Duveen and Barbara Lloyd; 2. The underlife of the nursery school: young children's social representations of adult rules William A. Corsaro; 3. A semiotic analysis of the development of social representations of gender Barbara Lloyd and Gerald Duveen; 4. Children's representations of social relations Nicholas Emler, Jocelyne Ohana and Julie Dickinson; 5. Social representations of childhood: an implicit theory of development Maria D'Alessio; 6. What is in an image? The structure of mothers' images of the child and their influence on conversational styles Luisa Molinari and Francesca Emiliani; 7. The acquisition of reflexive social emotions: the transmission and reproduction of social control through joint action Gün R. Semin and Kalliroi Papadopoulou; 8. From social cognition to social representations in the study of intelligence Felice F. Carugati; 9. Prototypes of the psychologist and professionalisation: diverging social representations of a developmental process Paola De Paolis; 10. Social psychology and developmental psychology: extending the conversation Serge Moscovici; Author index; Subject index.

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