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Rom Harré and Fathali M. Moghaddam have designed a textbook and brought together additional voices that speak to the similarities and differences of two seemingly separate domains in psychology. This bridge-building seeks to encourage a new generation of undergraduate students studying psychology to more fully appreciate the real potential for the study of human behavior, and as such it will represent a more provocative alternative to standard general psychology textbooks. It also be used in a host of courses, namely on the conceptual and philosophical nature of psychology, social psychology, critical psychology and cognitive science.

Motivation and Social Representations
Motivation and social representations
SandraJovchelovitch and VladP.Glăveanu

As over against the inferential conception of motives as subjective ‘springs’ of action, motives may be considered as typical vocabularies having ascertainable functions in delimited societal situations. (C. Wright Mills, 1940, p. 904)

‘Unless there is com-pression nothing is ex-pressed’ said John Dewey in his book on Art as Experience (1934, p. 69). Indeed, it is pressure and turmoil that create, sustain and guide human action. This ‘inner’ pressure, always developed in relation to an external environment peopled by objects, persons and social institutions, is conceptualized in psychology as motivation. Etymologically, the Latin root of the word takes us back to the verb movere, to move. Motivations move persons, and, as we argue in this chapter, also ...

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