The Ontogenesis of Social Representations: A Dialectic Perspective

  • José Antonio Castorina Buenos Aires University


The leitmotif of Duveen's work has been the process through which children assimilate the beliefs of their communities and thus acquire their social identity, which in turn enables them to become social actors. Duveen'S research focused such process in its interconnection with individual activities; his originality as a researcher lies in elucidating this dialectical process. This paper deals with some of Duveen´s works from the perspective of the relation between Social Representations theory and Development Pshychology. The article discusses, on one hand, Duveen's sympathetic and critical view of Piaget's work ; on the other, his interpretation of Vygotsky's influence on the study of social representations ontogenesis; moreover ,the paper shows how has Duveen established the conditions for SR to be accepted by developmental psychologists; and finally, there is a review of some of his empirical studies which link psychological development to social identity, as regards the issue of individuation in social psychology.

Author Biography

José Antonio Castorina, Buenos Aires University

JOSÉ ANTONIO CASTORINA, Ed.D. and Consultant Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Buenos Aires. He is a researcher at CONICET (The National Scientific and Technical Research Council); Chief Director for the Research Institute of Education Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. He has published several books and articles on the psychological development of social knowledge and on epistemological problems of the educational and development psychology.