Values, Leaders and Social Representations

Mihai Şleahtiţchi
2018 Human and Social Studies  
When referring to values as "general principles of desirability" or as "social cohesion binders", one should bear in mind that such notions contribute decisively to the shaping and crystallization of social representations. It would be improper to believe that there may be in-depth ("exhaustive") studies upon people, ideas and events, as this approach disregards the fact that social representations have the capacity of being strongly anchored in the dynamics of relational processes, to the
more » ... cesses, to the symbolic relationships specific to a given social field, to the values that constitute the eloquent expression of this dynamics and this specific field of research. An eloquent example in this respect is the way in which the social representation of leaders appears; data show that there is harmony between the image of power the leaders have or could have and the axiological dimensions of the group participating in the elaboration of such an image.
doi:10.2478/hssr-2018-0022 fatcat:bkyaswhlqnc7jjal5aijxzyh6a