Nine-eleven stands for deep change in global society: this work focuses on the specific change occurred in the international law system. Following the social representations' Theory (Moscovici, 1961/76, 1998), working on central nucleus and peripheral systems (Jodelet, 1992; Abric, 1996, 2000) of representation of Law in western cultures, this research analyses most of the acts of law produced in USA, EU and UN within the "emergency legislation", considering them as specific products of social construction's processes (Tajfel, 1987; Altheide, 1996; Dal Lago, 2002; Piasere, 2002). results shows that terrorism produced dramatic effects on the relationship between the needs of society and those of the individual. Interesting differences, however, can be made: European laws try to defend the nucleus of liberal principles that lies underneath the social representation, whilst US call for a reinforced pact between governments and citizens, where people give up their freedom in place of security.
Social representation of law in the post- 9/11 western world / Mineo, Roberta; Giovannini, Dino. - STAMPA. - 1:(2005), pp. 227-227. (Intervento presentato al convegno XIV meeting of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology tenutosi a Wurzburg nel 19-23 luglio 2005).