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.

Constructionism and Realism: A Necessary Collision?

Constructionism and Realism: A Necessary Collision?

Constructionism and realism: A necessary collision?

In order to enact a transformative politics, one must identify correctly the source of the problem – but from a relativist perspective, there can be no such thing as a correct analysis.

Dana L. Cloud, in After Postmodernism

The saints are gathering at the real places, trying tough skin on sharp conscience … you can hear them yelping.

A. R. Ammons, The Confirmers

In important respects the drama of social constructionism was born of opposition. Constructionist writings drew their principal energy from their multi-dimensional critique of the longstanding tradition of positivist/empiricist science. Long reigning was the view that scientific claims to knowledge were effectively uncontaminated by culture, history and ideology – that indeed empirical science was the crowning achievement ...

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