Cinta de Moebio: Revista de Epistemología de Ciencias Sociales

Dittus, R; Basulto, O. y Riffo, I. (2017) La investigación en Chile sobre imaginarios y representaciones sociales. Cinta moebio 58: 103-115. doi: 10.4067/S0717-554X2017000100103


Research in Chile on imaginaries and social representations

Rubén Dittus ( Facultad de Comunicaciones, Universidad Central de Chile (Santiago, Chile) ORCID: 0000-0002-7613-1643

Oscar Basulto ( Facultad de Educación, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción (Concepción, Chile) ORCID: 0000-0001-8323-1098

Ignacio Riffo ( Facultad de Ciencias de la Comunicación, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, España) ORCID: 0000-0001-6691-3572


This paper addresses the state of the art that draws on the theory of imagery and social representations in Chile. It is a cartographic study, and as such, it considers those approaches, methodologies and results that are more relevant, which allow a "state of the research" to be sketched out. It is not, therefore, an exhaustive signing of each paper or thesis to which it can be linked with the field indicated, due to the large volume of products associated directly or indirectly with the so-called "social imagery". Semi-structured questionnaires were applied to researchers in the area, research progress was reviewed and the most cited scientific articles were analyzed, allowing a content analysis to be applied. It was observed that the authors and theories with which they work are diverse and propose a conceptual crossing that extends to the methodological plane. It is concluded that imagery and social representations have become a good tool to understand reality and that facilitates research questions about the past and present of the relevant and the everyday.

Key words: social imaginary, representations, Chile, research, methodology.

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