Between ‘Social Cognition’ and ‘Social Knowledge’: Towards a New ‘Sociology of Cognition’ as a Synthetic Space of Study
S. A. Hamed Hosseini
University of Newcastle
June 1, 2003
The Post-Graduate Conference: Creating Spaces of Interdisciplinary Writings in the Social Sciences, ANU, Canberra, Australia, July 17-18, 2003
This article reviews historical transformations in the mainstream theoretical endeavors to address the ideational/cognitive aspects of social action. The review is a historically contextualized examination of changes in relevant mainstream social theories of ‘ideation’ or ‘cognition’ in terms of their capacity to go beyond the divisions between humanities and social sciences. Two turning points are explored: (1) the 1960s cultural/linguistic turn in social sciences; and (2) the post-cultural turn that arose out of (anti-)globalist discourses. The first turn gave rise to a cognitivist paradigm versus an old behaviorist perspective. However, since then, a deep division within the new paradigm, between the rationalist and constructionist trends, has emerged and persisted until recent years, where the second turning point appears to mark the rise of an integrative paradigm.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: social cognition, social knowledge, social theory, sociology of ideation, sociology of cognition, sociology of knowledge
JEL Classification: B30working papers series
Date posted: November 3, 2011
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