Volume 10   Number 2     Fall 2017

Dialoguing–More And More

Lia da Rocha Lordelo
Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia, Brazil

pp. 77-84

Abstract. This comment on Raudsepp’s (2017) article resumes the main theoretical connections proposed by the author, who presents the particular phenomenon of cognitive polyphasia within social representations theory, along with concepts from Pierre Bourdieu’s relational sociology; and also contributions from the dialogical self theory—especially the idea of semiotic potency within the positioning of the Self. After distinguishing two kinds of polyphasias—positional and intra-positional—she then applies this theoretical interconnection in order to empirically understand how Estonians from a pre-world-war generation have dealt with political and social changes throughout their life trajectories. Next, this comment brings the concepts of personal and collective culture to the discussion in order to highlight the importance of analysing concepts in relation to each other. The central purpose of this comment is to argue in favour of a “relational primacy” (Salgado & Gonçalves, 2007)—between the individual and the society as much as between theoretical concepts


Keywords: cognitive polyphasia, social representations, dialogical self, dialogue, personal culture, collective culture