The SAGE Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice is the first major survey of innovations in professional practice emerging from a social constructionist orientation to social science. This key perspective has been unique in its stimulation of pioneering practices over a broad number of professions. This volume offers insights into the latest developments in theory, showcases the range and variations in practical outcomes, while pointing to emerging directions of development. The Handbook focuses on hands-on practices, while offering the theoretical tools for further enriching their application. The authors are leading figures in their fields, including organizational development, therapy, healthcare, education, research, and community building. The volume will be particularly useful for students, scholars, professional practitioners, and change makers from across the globe. PART ONE: Introduction; PART TWO: Research Practices; PART THREE: Practices in Therapeutic Professions; PART FOUR: Practices in Organizational Development; PART FIVE: Practices in Education; PART SIX: Practices in Healthcare; and PART SEVEN: Community Practices.

Collaborative Re-construction of Health Care

Collaborative Re-construction of Health Care

Collaborative re-construction of health care
W. Ellen Raboin Paul N. Uhlig

This chapter focuses on how conversations and interactions in health care can be transformed by adopting an orientation of relational social construction; and how they can be intentionally reshaped to make something that responds to the evolving needs of society. By relational social construction, we mean the ways that experiences, meaning, and realities are co-generated among people in ongoing social processes (Dachler and Hosking, 1995). Just as traditional worlds of health care are socially constructed, new worlds of health care can be intentionally re-constructed.

We follow a communication perspective, which understands social worlds as ‘made’ in contextualized patterns of interactions. This orientation ...

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