Mind and Self in Society: Linking Social Structure and Social Cognition

Recent developments in social cognition could enhance sociological social psychologists’ understanding of the mind as both a social product and a social force; yet this work in social cognition has received little attention. Conversely, social cognition has not fulfilled its promise to show what is truly social about cognition. We argue that more attention to social cognition on the part of sociologist would be beneficial to both fields, as would more attention to social structure on the part of those working in social cognition. After brief overview of social cognition we examine the self and self-concept and role theory as two substantive areas that provide immediate opportunities for connecting sociological social psychology and social cognition. In both areas we consider both the American version of social cognition and the European approach, which is based on social representations. We conclude that sociological social psychology can make a unique contribution to understanding how social structure and social cognition are linked.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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