Understanding Critical Social Psychology is an exciting new textbook providing a comprehensive and reader-friendly approach to the theories and methods surrounding Critical Social Psychology. This book combines a critical examination of the traditional philosophies, practices and topics with an emphasis on introducing innovative and contemporary developments in social psychological research. In this way, Tuffin integrates newer insights with established modes of thinking.

Alternative Social Worlds

Alternative social worlds

Overview

In the previous chapter the philosophy of science known as positivism was explained as providing a core set of guidelines that have shaped the development of traditional experimental social psychology. The overall aim of this chapter is to introduce and argue for a theoretical reorientation involving an alternative way of thinking about social life. This alternative philosophy highlights the importance of language in social life and is known as social constructionism. Before examining the philosophical insights of social constructionism, it will be useful to consider the views of one of the most influential philosophers of science in recent times. Kuhn (1962) introduced the basic notion that science is a dynamic and changing enterprise, challenging the suggestion that science is static ...

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