Jean-Claude Abric

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Jean-Claude Abric (died 2012) was a professor in social psychology and the former head of the Social Psychology Laboratory at the University of Aix-Marseille, in France

He had a major contribution to the theory of social representation identifying the structural elements of a social representation and distinguishing the core elements from the peripheral ones. His first study on social representations was based on craftsmen and craft industry.[1] In his book published in 1994,[2] he gives a broader vision of his Central Nucleus Theory.

He also published handbooks on the psychology of communication.[3]


  1. ^ Abric, J.-C. (1984). “L’artisan et l'artisanat : analyse du contenu et de la structure d'une représentation sociale.” Bulletin de psychologie 27: p. 861–876.
  2. ^ Abric, J.-C. (1994). Pratiques sociales et représentations, Paris: PUF.
  3. ^ Abric, J.-C. (2008). Psychologie de la communication : théories et méthodes, Paris: Armand Colin.