Mission, Tools, and Ongoing Developments in the So.Re.Com. “A.S. de Rosa” @-Library

Mission, Tools, and Ongoing Developments in the So.Re.Com. “A.S. de Rosa” @-Library

Annamaria Silvana de Rosa (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7659-4.ch039

Abstract

The goal of this chapter is to present background, mission, ongoing developments, and future research directions of the So.Re.Com. “A.S. de Rosa” @-library: a digital platform integrating scientific documentation, networking, and training purposes in the field of social representations and communication (So.Re.Com.). It is built on an on-going multi-year project aimed at an empirical meta-theoretical analysis of the whole literature on social representations. Guided by the main goal of evaluating the impact of the scientific production driven by the social representations theory in the social arena faced with social demand, the aim is to take stock of the scientific field developed in more than 50 years by conducting an empirical meta-theoretical analysis of the literature on social representations, mapping the development of different paradigms, the related research methods, the thematic areas, and their impact on the various applied fields within the multi-generational community of scientists and across different geo-cultural contexts.
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Introduction

Knowledge Domain

Originated from Serge Moscovici’s1Opera Prima (1961), Social Representations theory (S.R.), originally European, is currently a multilingual worldwide field with a substantial body of literature in social psychology and other social science. Studies of “what” people know – and “how” this lay people knowledge relates to the social groups to which they belong and are shaped by the polyphonic traditional and new media system – are concerned with the social construction of everyday knowledge and the related socially situated practices. The “objects” studied have a strong societal impact in the social spheres.

This supra-disciplinary field is characterized by a great consistency in terms of epistemological and theoretical inspiration and a rich diversity both:

  • From the paradigmatic point of view (“structural,” “social positioning,” “monographic”, “anthropological,” “dialogical,” “modelling” approaches);

  • In terms of methodological research designs (qualitative, monographic, anthropological, experimental, descriptive, structural, visual-figurative, multi-methodological, etc.);

  • From the thematic point of view

  • With respect to the applied contexts and domains of expert and lay knowledge production and transmission: education, health, economics, environment, tourism, politics, organizations, media industry, etc.

The goal of this contribution is to present background, mission, ongoing developments and future research directions of the So.Re.Com. “A.S. de Rosa” @-library: a digital platform integrating scientific documentation, networking and training purposes in the field of Social Representations and Communication (So.Re.Com.).

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Background

Born from a personal bibliographic inventory, initially including almost 500 references in the field of Social Representations and Communication, the So.Re.Com. “A.S. de Rosa” @-library (de Rosa, 2015c) has been transferred into an ad-hoc designed relational database implemented in 1996 on the European/International Joint PhD in Social Representations and Communication website (de Rosa, 2000, 2001, 2004 a, 2004 b, 2006; 2008, 2009 a, 2009 b, 2010 a, 2010 b, 2010 c; 2011, 2014, 2015a, 2015b, 2015c, 2016a; de Rosa & Picone, 2007).

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