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Social Representations and Commitment

Eric Bonetto
Fabien Girandola
Grégory Lo Monaco


This contribution consists of a critical review of the literature about the articulation of two traditionally separated theoretical fields: social representations and commitment. Besides consulting various works and communications, a bibliographic search was carried out (between February and December, 2016) on various databases using the keywords “commitment” and “social representation,” in the singular and in the plural, in French and in English. Articles published in English or in French, that explicitly made reference to both terms, were included. The relations between commitment and social representations are approached according to two approaches or complementary lines. The first line follows the role of commitment in the representational dynamics: how can commitment transform the representations? This articulation gathers most of the work on the topic. The second line envisages the social representations as determinants of commitment procedures: how can these representations influence the effects of commitment procedures? This literature review will identify unexploited tracks, as well as research perspectives for both areas of research.
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hal-02074271 , version 1 (20-03-2019)



Eric Bonetto, Fabien Girandola, Grégory Lo Monaco. Social Representations and Commitment: A Literature Review and Agenda for Future Research. European Psychologist, 2018, 23 (3), pp.233-249. ⟨10.1027/1016-9040/a000317⟩. ⟨hal-02074271⟩


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