This book charts a clear and accessible path through some of the key debates in contemporary psychology. Drawing upon the wider critical and discursive turn in the human sciences, Social Constructionism, Discourse and Realism explores comprehensively the many claims about what we can know of `reality' in social constructionist and discursive research in psychology. Relativist versus realist tensions go to the heart of current theoretical and methodological issues, not only within psychology but across the social and human sciences. By mapping the connections between theory, method and politics in social research and placing these within the context of the broader social constructionist and discursive debates, the int
Chapter 11: Constructionism and Realism: How are We to Go On?
Constructionism and Realism: How are We to Go On?
In important respects the drama of social constructionism was born of its opposition to a form of realism embodied in the dominant order of positivist/empiricist science. There was sweeping plausibility in the view that scientific claims to knowledge were effectively uncontaminated by culture, ...