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.

Social Construction, Practical Theology, and the Practices of Religious Communities

Social Construction, Practical Theology, and the Practices of Religious Communities

Social construction, practical theology, and the practices of religious communities
Duane R. Bidwell

Introduction

Sometimes I'm caught off guard by the questions that cross my desk. I teach care and counseling at an ecumenical and interreligious seminary, and I frequently get phone calls and emails from people trying to make sense of a spiritual or religious conundrum in daily life. The questions come from religious leaders, former students, secular professionals, and ‘regular’ people trying to live faithfully. Some of the inquiries I've fielded recently include:

  • ‘What should be our theological response to a person's tears in psychotherapy?’ (Answer: It depends on what the tears mean to the person.)
  • ‘Can we let a drag queen ...
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