This third edition, enriched with three new chapters, remains an exciting introduction to the premises of social constructionism. As Gergen unfolds, in his own personal style, the ideas of dialogue, co-action and relationship one finds oneself relating to the book in the most engaging way. The book is inspiring for both the newcomer and the experienced pursuer of knowledge-making in constructionist terms.
Ken Gergen has taken all that is good in his second edition of the definitive Invitation to Social Construction, updated it, and made it even smarter. There is no more vibrant and engaging launch point for understanding contemporary social constructionism.
The author succeeds in introducing the reader into social construction. He emphasizes that this perspective critically attempts to look at what acts as "the truth" without leading to nihilism. The combination of the scientific with the social and personal through the work makes it very accessible and easily readable. In short, the book is a comprehensive introduction to social construction, not just for novice and advanced researchers, but also for students.
This is being used now as a core book on the reading list but is not the main text. It is a good generalist text which will be suitable for a wide range of courses with a social constructionist/ post modern orientation.
This is a dynamic and engaging text that will not only encourage your students to consider which aspects of society contribute to social construction, but also motivate them to delve deeper into social theory. The writing style presents a balanced tone of questioning, theorising and evaluating.
for anyone doing social research it is an essential book. It covers a variety of topics that are analysed through social constructionism prism.
An essential text for social sciences; cannot recommend highly enough!
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to help students grasp ideas of soical constructionism which is core to the undertanding of gender and sexuality
Great updated version of a classic text. It clearly discusses key arguments within social constructionism. I would recommend for both undergraduate and postgraduate students
My course seeks to examine constructionism, particularly in the context of people with mental illness. This book is essential for understanding how the process of social construction works and its implications on different groups.
"What we take to be the truth about the world importantly depends on the social relationships of which we are part" - starting from this proposal the reader of this volume is invited to share most recent and enlightening ideas on processes of 'social construction'. The author differentiates his perspectives of reflection on the potentials of social constructivism between discourses and ideas in the academic arena of research approaches, forms of expression, and theoretical exploration on the one, and forms of practice outside the academic world on the other hand.
This text help to provide a theoretical framework for my own Doctoral studies. I will use it in my teaching too.
This book is an inspiring resource for students as well as researchers who want to get an in-depth grasp of current social constructivist thinking. Highly recommendable!
Social Constructionism is a theoretical movement that brings an alternative philosophical assumption regarding reality construction and knowledge production. It is concerned with the ways in which knowledge is historically situated and embedded in cultural values and practices. The Invitation to Social Construction is a book that brings fundamentals of this approach and consequences for professional In this book you can learn the core assumptions of constructionism and will be invited to articulate the ideas with your own professional/research practices.
Good, broad introduction to social constructivist approaches
The theory of social construction has been informing the understanding of clients as well as the development of social work pracitce. I consider the concept as basic to the study of social work.
A good introduction to social construction for beginning research students who will be unsure what this often-heard and slightly overused term means and whether or not their research will benefit from its usage.
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