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Social Construction
A Reader

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April 2003 | 262 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Social Construction: A Reader is a superb selection of classic and contemporary readings representing the major viewpoints central to social constructionism' Journal of Community and Applied Psychology

Social Construction: A Reader is a collection of classic and contemporary articles, representing the major viewpoints central to social constructionism. It provides the reader with an overview of the key empirical research ideas and papers written by an outstanding collection of international authors in each of the substantive areas of the field, including philosophical, social science, ethnography, cultural studies and feminist thought. These readings are bought together in one accessible volume and are organized thematically with editorial commentaries to provide an intellectual context and aid student learning. The Reader is comprised of seven parts:

- The Social Construction of the Real and the Good

- Constructing the Person: Culture and Critique

- Horizons of Inquiry

- The Relational Reconstruction of the Self

- Profusions of Practice

- Cultural Analysis

- Constructionism in Question

Social Construction: A Reader will be essential reading for students across the social sciences. It will be an invaluable resource, both used indepently and as complimentary to Kenneth J Gergen's seminal text, An Invitation to Social Construction, also published by SAGE Publications.


 
PART ONE: THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE REAL AND THE GOOD
 
Introduction
Thomas S Kuhn
On Scientific Paradigms
Harold Garfinkel
Socially Negotiating Knowledge
Kenneth J Gergen
Knowledge As Socially Constructed
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Knowledge As a Language Game
Diedre N McCloskey
Economics As Rhetoric
Gudmund R Iversen
Knowledge As a Numbers Game
Emily Martin
The Egg and the Sperm
Knowledge As Ideology

 
 
PART TWO: CONSTRUCTING THE PERSON: CULTURE AND CRITIQUE
 
Introduction
Catherine A Lutz
Emotion
The Universal As Local

 
David Morris
The Meanings of Pain
Michel Foucault
Power and Confession
Paul Willis
Learning to Labour
 
PART THREE: HORIZONS OF INQUIRY
 
Introduction
Mary Gergen
Life Stories
Pieces of a Dream

 
Lisa M Tillmann-Healy
The Secret Life in a Culture of Thinness
Patti Lather and Chris Smithies
Troubling the Angels
Karen V Fox
Silent Voices
A Subversive Reading of Child Sexual Abuse

 
Gustavo I de Roux
Together Against the Computer
Marcelo Diversi
Glimpses of Street Children through Short Stories
 
PART FOUR: THE RELATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SELF
 
Introduction
Edward E Sampson
Possessive Individualism and the Self-Contained Ideal
Judith Butler
Identity, Deconstruction and Politics
John Shotter
The Social Construction of Remembering and Forgetting
Michael Billig
The Relational Reconstruction of Repression
Rom Harr[ac]e
The Social Construction of Emotion
Kenneth J Gergen
Meaning in Relationship
 
PART FIVE: PROFUSIONS OF PRACTICE
 
Introduction
Michael White
Narrative Therapy and Externalizing the Problem
Jerome Bruner
Culture of Education
David L Cooperrider and Diana Whitney
Appreciative Inquiry
Carol Becker et al
From Stuck Debate to New Conversation
 
PART SIX: READING CULTURE
 
Introduction
Roland Barthes
The World of Wrestling
Ariel Dorfman
The Lone Ranger, Barbar and Other Innocent Heroes
Dick Hebdige
Style in Revolt
Revolting Style

 
Lama Abu Odeh
Post-Colonial Feminism and the Veil
Thinking the Difference

 
 
PART SEVEN: CONSTRUCTIONISM IN QUESTION
 
Introduction
Derek Edwards, Malcolm Ashmore and Jonathan Potter
Death and Furniture
Arguments against Relativism

 
Alexa Hepburn
Relativism and Feminist Psychology
Janis S Bohan and Glenda M Russell
Sexual Orientation
Essential and Constructed

 

It is a great primer on social construction, with wonderfully written chapters from some of the renowned thinkers in the field.

Dr KUNDAN SINGH
global, Institution of Transpersonal Psychology
March 23, 2011

Comprehensive collection which brings together classic material.

Dr Kelly Benneworth
Sociology , York University
December 18, 2009

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