Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Social Representations

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_292


In the last 50 years, social representation (SR) has become an established field within social, cultural, and political psychology and has attracted extensive numbers of students and scholars from around the world (with particular clusters in Europe, South America, and Australasia). Developing Durkheim’s collective and individual representations, the concept of social representations was presented by Serge Moscovici in 1961 in his study of the different understandings of psychoanalysis in different social groups in France. Research has gone on to examine the ways in which knowledge and social practices develop from any socially significant issues (see the list of applications below) in different public spheres (Jovchelovitch, 2007). As a whole, this research demonstrates that social representations are systems of communication and social influence that constitute the social realities of different groups in society. They serve as the principal means for establishing and...

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Online Resources

  1. Papers on Social Representations: http://www.psych.lse.ac.uk/psr/
  2. European PhD programme on Social Representations: http://www.europhd.eu

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MaltaMsidaMalta
  2. 2.Institute of Social PsychologyLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK