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Social Constructionism

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This accessible, yet scholarly, textbook aims to introduce students to the area of social science theory and research that has come to be known as social constructionism. Using a variety of examples from everyday experience and from existing research in areas such as personality, sexuality and health, the basic theoretical assumptions of social constructionism are clearly ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 229 pages
Published September 29th 2003 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2003)
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Leslie
Jun 09, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it
This book is an overview of social constructionism. As Burr presents it, social constructionism is a social science that is extremely self-conscious of its meta-physical and meta-ethical frames. It began as a critique of the idea that traits are "in," or "inherent to," people or groups. Therefore, on the micro (personal) level, it proposes that people are accounting for themselves interactively through language/symbols, and on the macro (group) level, it proposes that people are drawing on socia ...more
Melissa
Jan 16, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
"Social constructionism denies that our knowledge is a direct perception of reality" (6).
Emiko
May 02, 2014 Emiko rated it liked it
Burr gives a good overview of social constructionism's philosophical ideas, yet still leaves it open to critique despite her case for it. She agrees with Foucault here: "... [social constructionism] does not deny the materiality of events, but says our only way of apprehending reality is through discourse, which determines our perception of reality."

If nothing else, she at leasts challenges our typical way of observing the world and our interactions within it.
Kyra Clode
Aug 12, 2014 Kyra Clode rated it liked it
Fairly dense but accessible introduction to Social Constructionism. I found the author did repeat themselves quite a lot, however as an introductory text that is to be expected. I started out knowing nothing at all about social constructionism or its impact on psychology research methods, and I now know quite a bit (or enough for the purposes of my university course anyway!).
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