Imaginaries. Representations and Social Memories

  • María A. Banchs School Of Psychology, UCV, Caracas
Keywords: social representations, social imaginary, social memory


In this article after synthetizing essential features of Serge Moscovici´s Social Representations
theory, Cornelius Castoriadi’s theory on Imaginaries, and Maurice Halbwachs’s Social
Memory theory, the author compares them in terms of the objectives of each theory, the object
of each theory, their conception of society, their conception of the individual, and the role each
one attributes to images. Finally conclusions concerning theoretical and metatheoretical
similarities and differences between them are discussed.

Author Biography

María A. Banchs, School Of Psychology, UCV, Caracas

MARIA AUXILIADORA BANCHS is a teacher-researcher of Social Psychology in the School
of Psychology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She teaches also at the Phd program of
Education at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. She gained her Ph.D in Social Psychology
from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France