Alberta Contarello, Diego Romaioli, Alessio Nencini, Sonia Brondi

Thinking and doing «with». Social relevance and social psychology research - methods and practices for social constructivist research

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Keywords: thinking, co-construction, qualitative-quantitative methods, action, conflict.

Aim of the paper is to reason on the social relevance of research in (social) psychology from a theoretical and empirical standpoint which proposes some overlap between two different perspectives: social constructionism and the social representations theory. Main points discussed regard the social responsibility of the researcher, his/her role in enlightening versus obscuring the intertwining between different levels (intra-personal, interpersonal, societal), strengthening versus eroding stereotypes and prejudices. Through illustrations from our own research practice, we argue for a generative power of a «social gaze» which merges concerns in «first» and «second person» with commitment towards action research and appreciative inquiry.

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