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EASP Summer School - Societal Psychology



Dear friends and colleagues,

you may already have come across the announcement for the next EASP
Summer School to be held in Greece. There will be a workshop on Societal
psychology and social representations, co-taught by Xenia Chryssochoou
and myself. Please do not hesitate to encourage interested and motivated
students to apply. Deadline is January 31. Below you find a short
description of the workshop.

Yours sincerely,

Christian Staerklé & Xenia Chryssochoou

*Societal psychology and social representations*

EASP Aegina Summer School August 23 ? September 6, 2010

/Christian Staerklé & //Xenia// Chryssochoou/

This workshop is dedicated to the study of the normative regulation of
psychological processes underlying social change and social stability.
It focuses on the conceptualisation and empirical analysis of
representations which sustain, justify or question existing social
arrangements, and analyses how individuals position themselves towards
these representations. Based on the assumption that people think,
communicate and act on the basis of shared beliefs and shared knowledge,
a social representational view highlights the normative and ideological
foundations of cognitive and motivational processes. Psychological
processes are therefore contextualised and their effects on domination
systems defined by social class, gender, ethnicity and race analysed.

The workshop features presentations and discussions of classic and
recent research on societal psychology, debates about key theoretical
issues and group work in order to exchange and formulate research ideas.
An important goal of the workshop is to elaborate new research questions
and hypotheses on socially relevant issues, and original ways to test
them. Theoretical issues to be addressed include the dialectic interplay
between social change and social stability, the relationship between
representation and identity, and the normative foundations of individual
behaviour. Depending on participants' background and interests, research
topics may include justification of social order, social movements and
social protest, or minority and majority perspectives on social change
and stability. The most appropriate methods to test new hypotheses will
be discussed, and may include the use of international survey data
(e.g., European Social Survey, European Values Study), experiments or
qualitative analyses.

mise à jour le 12 septembre 2011

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