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Common-sense in the course of the interactions in which actors engage (Wagner 1998). 1 Dynamic Units When a researcher investigates a social representation, such as witchcraft, the usual way to define or characterize it is to conduct interviews with people who can be expected to share the representation. ” and their response, after analysis and given that some aspects of the responses are shared among respondents, is interpreted as a representation of witchcraft. This procedure provides a static view of a social representation as a locally integrated unit that is a distributed property of a set of respondents (Harré 1984).
Discourse and Representation in Witchcraft 41 HALE: (with a tasty love of intellectual pursuit) Here is all the invisible world, caught, defined, and calculated. In these books the Devil stands stripped of all his brute disguises. Here are all your familiar spirits – your incubi and succubi; your witches that go by land, by air, and by sea; your wizards of the night and of the day. Have no fear now – we shall find him out if he has come among us, and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face!
Note that, at this stage, the charge of witchcraft is in the disguise of a political move by the rich Thomas Putnam directed against the Reverend: PUTNAM: (as though for further details) They say you’ve sent for Reverend Hale of Beverly? PARRIS: (with dwindling conviction now) A precaution only. He has much experience in all demonic arts, and I . . MRS. PUTNAM: He has indeed; and found a witch in Beverly last year, and let you remember that. PARRIS: Now, Goody Ann, they only thought that were a witch, and I am certain there be no element of witchcraft here.