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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(12), 256;

Social Representations in Studying Information, Knowledge, and Mediations: A Critical Review

Department of Communication Sciences and Sociology, King Juan Carlos University, 28943 Madrid, Spain
Department of Journalism, CEU San Pablo University, 28003 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 13 October 2018 / Revised: 11 November 2018 / Accepted: 3 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
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This text addresses the concept of social representations, as well as its uses and epistemological limits in the processes of production, distribution, and appropriation of information and knowledge. From a critical and systematic documentary–bibliographical analysis, this paper aims at shedding light on the conditions of emergency and functioning of social representations and their role in building up shared meanings. The article connects objectification and anchoring mechanisms from the formation processes of social representations with strategies of meaning construction, and therefore, of knowledge acquisition, in relation to information exchange in different psychosocial stages. Finally, we aim at trying to reflect on the socio-cultural aspects that shape information and communication phenomena, and the significance of the mediations paradigm in this regard. View Full-Text
Keywords: social representations; epistemology; mediations; information; knowledge social representations; epistemology; mediations; information; knowledge
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Rubira-García, R.; Puebla-Martínez, B.; Gelado-Marcos, R. Social Representations in Studying Information, Knowledge, and Mediations: A Critical Review. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 256.

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