The present study embraces the critical traditions of "New History" and of social representations theory articulated with the mainstream historiographical tradition of a bibliometric approach. The historical analysis deals with the early representations of Italian social psychology articulated and disseminated by some of the main Italian scientific-cultural and philosophical journals. We examined seven journals published between 1875 and 1954, and gathered 2,030 texts dealing with the various forms of social and collective psychology. We have applied a grid of content analysis whose data have been transcribed to a numerical file. At the same time, we have created a textual file containing the titles of the contributions as well as the names of the authors and scholars reviewed. The two files have been processed by SPAD-T for a correspondence analysis in which both lexical data and category variables have been considered as active variables. Through the scree-test, two factors that explain 18.90% of the variance have been singled out. Their combination has produced a factorial plan able to highlight three distinct areas differently characterized from journals and years. The results are also discussed with regard to the contextual historical frame.
BUILDING THE BOUNDARIES OF A SCIENCE: First Representations of Italian Social Psychology Between 1875 and 1954 / Sensales, Gilda; Areni, Alessandra; DAL SECCO, Alessandra. - In: HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 1093-4510. - STAMPA. - 14:4(2011), pp. 383-404. [10.1037/a0023893]