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.

The Limits of Pure Critique

The limits of pure critique

Cynicism … is that modernist, unhappy consciousness, on which enlightenment has labored both successfully and in vain. … Well-off and miserable at the same time …

Peter Sloterdijk, Critique of Cynical Reason

For the better part of the past twenty years I have been heavily engaged in critical and reconstructive work in the social sciences. Initial attacks were lodged against the established practices of behavioural research, along with associated forms of theory and their justifying base in empiricist foundationalism. Volleys were variously directed against the traditional presumptions of cumulative knowledge, value-free theoretical formulations, unbiased observation, knowledge through hypothesis testing, measurement of psychological processes, and more. Gradually I became aware of the extent to which this work was both ...

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