Social Psychology of Pictures

We see and represent our social environment not as it is, but as we believe it to be. This is the thesis defended in this book, supported by conceptual elements and illustrated by numerous examples drawn from anthropology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology and social psychology. These examples show that people sharing different beliefs about the same object produce different images of that object (such as drawings or photos), and highlight that such people interpret the same image of this object differently. Finally, they show that, when these people communicate through images, they find it difficult to understand each other. On the basis of these observations, the book proposes a psychosocial theory of the link between beliefs and iconography.

This book is mainly intended for students and researchers in the humanities and social sciences, interested in the problematic of images. However, it will also be of interest to communication practitioners and the general public.

Pascal Moliner defended his PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1988. In 1997, he was appointed as Full Professor at the University Paul Valery - Montpellier 3, France, where he led the Social Psychology Laboratory for several years and then the Doctoral School for five years. He has published numerous articles, chapters and books on social representations, social cognition and identity. His interest in the question of images took shape in 1996, when he published the book Images et representations sociales. He has since authored several works concerning the links between our beliefs about the social world and the images that this world produces of itself. He is currently Director of the Master’s programme in Cognitive and Socio-cognitive Dynamics at Paul Valéry University - Montpellier 3.

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ISBN: 1-5275-4624-1

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-4624-0

Release Date: 26th March 2020

Pages: 137

Price: £58.99