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Social Constructionism

by Tanja Tuulikki Välisalo last modified Mar 08, 2010 02:55 PM


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Social constructivism views knowledge, reality and its structures and phenomena as being formed naturally in social and linguistic interaction even though they are developed and produced consciously or unconsciously by certain cultures or societies.

  • a priori structures of knowledge and truth are questioned.
  • The level of questioning varies according to the orientation in social construction: there exist looser and stricter views to the a priori structures of reality.
  • The loose version views reality as existing in, but not depending on, human representations, like language.
  • The strict version stresses the impossibility for human beings to be in straight connection to the world and reality, because between reality and people there always exists symbolical structures of meanings, like linguistic structures.

Social constructivism is closely related to constructivism.

Links to more information:

Social Constructionism. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Mallon, Ron, 2008. Naturalistic Approaches to Social Construction. Zalda, Edward N. (ed.). The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2008 Edition).