From Shared Representations to Consensually Coordinated Actions: Toward an Intrinsically Social Psychology
A concern in contemporary social psychological theory is to reestablish its intrinsically social or cultural dimension, since psychology (even social psychology) has been too much a science of self contained individuals. We argue that current approaches to this “restoration” — focussing either on social cognitions or on aggregate features people appear to have in common — cannot present an intrinsically social psychology either. A different approach can be found in social representation theory. We address Wolfgang Wagner’s approach and his notions of social representations as processes of concerted interaction and as world constituting “enactions”. It, however, also holds a problematic notion of social representations as shared representations. As a promising alternative, we present the enactivism framework. While preserving the notion of concerted interaction, it can avoid the epistemological and conceptual pitfalls of “sharedness”. In addition, it can offer a criterion for identifying intrinsically social phenomena.
KeywordsSocial Representation Social Dimension Shared Representation Consensual Domain Experiential Closure
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