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'Historicising Common Sense'
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PMID:  23135802     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This essay is an expanded set of comments on the social psychology papers written for the special issue on History and Social Psychology. It considers what social psychology, and particularly the theory of social representations, might offer historians working on similar problems, and what historical methods might offer social psychology. The social history of thinking has been a major theme in twentieth and twenty-first century historical writing, represented most recently by the genre of 'cultural history'. Cultural history and the theory of social representations have common ancestors in early twentieth-century social science. Nevertheless, the two lines of research have developed in different ways and are better seen as complementary than similar. The theory of social representations usefully foregrounds issues, like social division and change over time, that cultural history relegates to the background. But for historians, the theory of social representations seems oddly fixated on comparing the thought styles associated with positivist science and 'common sense'. Using historical analysis, this essay tries to dissect the core opposition 'science : common sense' and argues for a more flexible approach to comparing modes of thought.
Noah Millstone
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-9
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Title:  Integrative psychological & behavioral science     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1936-3567     ISO Abbreviation:  Integr Psychol Behav Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101319534     Medline TA:  Integr Psychol Behav Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of History, Harvard University, Robinson Hall, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, USA,
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