Social Constructionism

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Medical - 229 pages
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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 explained. Key debates, such as the nature and status of knowledge, truth, reality and the self are given in-depth analysis in an accessible style. The theoretical and practical issues relevant to social constructionist research are illustrated with examples from real empirical studies, and the different approaches to social constructionist research are clearly defined. While the text is broadly sympathetic to social constructionism, the weaknesses of the approach are also addressed through a critical approach to the material, and in the final chapter the theory is subjected to a more extensive critique.
Social Constructionism, Second Edition, extends and updates the material covered in the first edition and will be a useful and informative resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of psychology, as well as students from related areas such as health, social work and education.
  

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Contents

What is social constructionism?
1
The case for social constructionism
28
The role of language in social constructionism
46
What is a discourse?
63
Is there a real world outside discourse?
81
Discourse and subjectivity
104
The person in dialogue
126
Social constructionist research
149
Critiquing social constructionism
178
Glossary
201
Suggested further reading
207
Bibliography
211
Author index
223
Subject index
227
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JSTOR: An Introduction to Social Constructionism
An Introduction to Social Constructionism. London and New York: Routledge, 1995, 198 pp. Burr's book is designed to introduce to students the work of such ...
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What is social constructionism
Social constructionism stems from epistemological position - not an explanatory theory. It is an approach to psychology (and other bodies of knowledge) ...
www.psy.dmu.ac.uk/ michael/ soc_con_disc.htm

FQS 9(1) Moderation: Jo Reichertz & Barbara Zielke: Editorial ...
In this issue of FQS we launch a new debate: on social constructionism. In our view, social constructionism is, among other things, a good metatheory for ...
www.qualitative-research.net/ fqs/ deb/ 08-1-D5Editorial-e.htm

Social constructionism and discourse analysis (Dr. Vivien Burr)
An updated and revised second edition of her widely known book 'An Introduction to Social Constructionism' was published by Routledge as 'Social ...
www.uta.fi/ laitokset/ sospol/ conf/ burr.htm

Vivien Burr: An Introduction to Social Constructionism
An Introduction to Social Constructionism is a readable and critical account of social constructionism for students new to the field.
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DOES THEORY REALLY MATTER? THE VALUE OF UNDERSTANDING APPRECIATIVE ...
social constructionism theory. Cooperrider attributes Ken Gergen’s work on social ... In layman’s terms, social constructionism argues that people create ...
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Social Constructionism with a Twist of Pragmatism: A Suitable ...
Social constructionism augmented by pragmatism, is described and explored ... alternative view of social constructionism and consider its implications for ...
www.utas.edu.au/ infosys/ publications/ research/ phil_research/ Social_Constructionism_and_Pragmatism.pdf

Emerald fulltext Article : Social constructionism: a theoretical ...
Provides an introduction to the key ideas of social constructionism and their relevance to understanding the support process underpinning the development of ...
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Chapter
that my meeting with Social Constructionism symbolises a sparkling event in my ... My first impression of Social Constructionism was that it was a strange ...
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Being Constructive: Social Constructionism and the Environment ...
We start by outlining the criticisms levelled at social constructionism, particularly the claim that the approach amounts to a denial of the existence of ...
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Burr is at the University of Huddersfield

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