An Invitation to Social Construction by Kenneth J. Gergen

By Kenneth J. Gergen

From a number one determine within the box, this introductory textual content varieties a sublime assessment of social constructionism that's instantly wide-ranging and accessible.

In this landmark paintings Kenneth Gergen charts the heritage to the social constructionist circulate and descriptions the most important debates, issues, and matters in a manner that's instantly profound but hugely readable. it's an interdisciplinary tour de force that might impact the improvement of educating, study and social perform for years yet to come.

An Invitation to Social Construction is key analyzing for all scholars and teachers drawn to social constructionism and modern concerns and debates around the social sciences. it is going to additionally communicate considerably to therapists, organizational experts, educators, and others engaged in practices of social change.

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In particular, much depends on the way we are represented in others' talk — their descriptions, explanations, criticisms, or congratulations. These representations constitute our social reputation. Yet, these are not the words we would necessarily choose; they are generated by others — our friends, family, neighbors, teachers and so on. It is our identity which is at stake, but we neither own nor control the way we are represented. Consider the problem on a societal level: all of us are identified with one or more social groups — woman, man, Christian, Jew, black, white, German, Irish, and so on.

Consider, for example, the ideologi-cal critic who finds every rational defense of tradition shot through with self-interest. For example, feminists argue that research on women's depression paints a picture of women as weak and dependent — thus sustaining the patriarchal order. What then of the critic's observations; are they not also dipped in the same ink — colored in this case by feminist biases? As many traditionalists have now learned, the best defense against ideological critique is to locate the self-interested and oppressive character of the criticism.

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