The role of social representations in sociotechnical transitions

Paul Upham, Paula Bögel, Katinka Johansen

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This chapter advocates Moscovici’s concept of social representations as a social psychological concept of the European school, spanning psychological and sociological levels, and as such readily lending itself to connecting psychological and sociotechnical frames. It draws on examples from our own work and that of others, illustrating the roles of ‘anchoring’ and objectification that are at the heart of the concept of social representations; we show how these can help to explain not only the psychological aspects of energy controversies, but also the progress that different technologies make and the discursive competition involved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Transitions and Social Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationA Sociotechnical Perspective
EditorsPaul Upham, Paula Bögel, Katinka Johansen
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-45865-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-31175-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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NameEnergy Transitions and Social Psychology


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