This latest book by one the world's leading protagonists in the field will be welcomed not just by psychologists but by students, academics and professionals interested in social constructionism across a wide range of subjects. Social Construction in Context explores the potentials of social constructionist theory when placed in diverse intellectual and practical contexts. It demonstrates the achievements of social constructionism, and what it can now offer various fields of inquiry, both academic, professional and applied, given the proliferation of the theory across the social sciences and humanities.
Deliberations on the social construction of the real and the good have burst across the sundry disciplines of science and the humanities. They have stirred enormous controversy concerning such long-revered concepts as truth, objectivity, knowledge, reason, authority and progress. They have fuelled what we have come to see as ‘the culture wars’, and ‘the science wars’. As many see it, we can no longer return to the comfortable assumptions of traditional scholarly and scientific work, and a host of related institutions such as mental health, education, the justice system, organizational life and politics. Ferment and change are everywhere in evidence. For almost two decades I have been deeply immersed in these deliberations. I have cast a critical eye on much that I once held ...