Social constructionism does far more than unsettle our traditional beliefs in truth, objectivity, and knowledge; thrown into question is also the right of any particular group to claim it has the ultimate authority to any form of knowledge. Such a conclusion has enormous repercussions in the academic community and beyond. This Reader introduces a number of important contributions to contemporary constructionism and charts the development of thought from its very beginnings. The 34 excerpts represent the major viewpoints central to social constructionism including the voices of 42 prominent scholars in philosophy, ethnography, cultural studies, feminist thought and the wider social sciences. In concert with K J Gergen's Invitation to Social Construction (SAGE, 1999), or as a stand-alone text, it is a compendium of achievements in the field and will be an invaluable resource for students. Introductory essays by the editors give intellectual coherence to these diverse pieces and allow greater insight into emergent trends.
Social Construction: A Reader will be required reading on courses across the social sciences but especially psychology, sociology, communication studies, cultural studies, human sciences and education.
Dr. Gergen is Professor Emerita at Penn State University, Brandywine, in the Philadelphia area. She has taught courses in many subfields in psychology and in Women's Studies. Her major academic focus has been on social constructionist theory and feminism. Currently she is an officer in the Taos Institute, a non-profit educational organization. She also advises Ph.D. students in applied social science fields. Her work has taken her to many countries around the glove, most recently Nanjing, China. Recent collaborators include Kenneth J. Gergen and Ellen Cole. Kenneth J. Gergen is a Senior Research Professor at Swarthmore College, USA, and President of the Taos Institute. He has been the recipient of many awards throughout the world. His major works include Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction; The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life; and Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community.
Release date NZ
February 21st, 2003
Edited by Kenneth, J. Gergen
Edited by Mary Gergen
Country of Publication
SAGE Publications Inc
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