The Theory of Enablement and Social Representations as Contributions to “Societal” Political Psychology

Some Thoughts on Valsiner (2003) and Wagner (2003)

Thalia Magioglou

Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris, France

Papers on Social Representations, Volume 12, p. 11.1-11.3 (2003)

Abstract

Social Representation’s theory is a social psychological theory; Valsiner’s (2003) theory is a contribution from the perspective of cultural and developmental psychology that insists on the dynamic aspect of social representations. My main interest when I read both Jaan Valsiner’s (2003) “theory of enablement” and W. Wagner’s (2003) comment, was in their possible contribution to a “societal” political psychology, with an approach of the political that: 1. goes beyond the institutional dimension, and focuses on the ways individuals, groups and collectivities construct/ deal with conflicts and decide about their common future 2. pays particular attention to the analysis of the everyday, ‘ordinary’ citizens and common sense thinking.

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