Social Representations in Psychology: A Bibliometrical Analysis
In this paper, we analyse the evolution of social representations theory (SRT) over time, languages, and journals by comparing it with the evolution of social identity theory (SIT). Additionally, we perform a lexical analysis of abstracts on SRT and discuss the changes of topics over time and languages. While SRT is less represented in mainstream journals of social psychology than SIT, it is more widely distributed across linguistic areas, as shown by the relative frequency of different languages. Two major research domains often associated with SRT are health issues and intergroup dynamics. Papers concentrating on SRT as a theoretical approach are more recent and primarily written in English, while French-language papers focus less on theoretical aspects. While SRT is diverse and recognized in social psychology, it is not as widely known as other social psychological theories (e.g., SIT). We conclude with thoughts on how to promote wider integration of SRT with mainstream social psychology.