This volume brings together some of Moscovici's classic
statements of the theory of social representations, as well as
elaborations of the distinctive features of this perspective in
social psychology. In addition the book includes some recent essays
in which he re-examines the intellectual history of social
representations, exploring the diverse ways in which this theory
has responded to a tradition of thought in the social sciences
which encompasses not only the contributions of Durkheim and
Piaget, but also those of Lévy-Bruhl and Vygotsky. The final
chapter of the book consists of a long interview with Ivana
Marková, in which Moscovici not only reviews his own
intellectual itinerary but also gives his views on some of the key
questions facing social psychology today.
The publication of this volume provides an essential source for the study of social representations and for an assessment of the work of a social psychologist who has consistently sought to re-establish the discipline as a vital element of the social sciences.
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Introduction: the Power of Ideas by Gerard Duveen.
Chapter 1: The Phenomenon of Social Representations.
Chapter 2: Society and Theory in Social Psychology.
Chapter 3: The History and Actuality of Social Representations.
Chapter 4: The Concept of Themata (with G. Vignaux).
Chapter 5: The Dreyfus Affair, Proust and Social Psychology.
Chapter 6: Social Consciousness and its History.
Chapter 7: Ideas and the Development: a Dialogue between Serge Moscovici and Ivana Markova.
Serge Moscovici is Director of Studies at the +cole des
Hautes +tudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Gerard Duveen is lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge