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The theory of social representations and history: a necessary dialogue

João Gilberto da Silva Carvalho Angela Arruda About the authors

This article presents our efforts to connect two fields of human knowledge, social psychology and history, as part of a study aimed to understand the psychosocial impact of the Chinese in Brazil in the 19th century. Based on the theory of social representations, it aims to contribute to a historical psychology capable of integrating common themes in human sciences like otherness, imaginary and modernity. The flexibility of Moscovici's theory allows analyzing not only "strangeness" but also "naturalization" of facts that become historical. The dialogue between history and social psychology is promising in our work and is another possibility of enlarging the field of social representations.

Social psychology; Social representation; Interdisciplinarity


Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Filosofia Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Psicologia Av.Bandeirantes 3900 - Monte Alegre, 14040-901 Ribeirão Preto - São Paulo - Brasil, Tel.: (55 16) 3315-3829 - Ribeirão Preto - SP - Brazil
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