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The Politics of Constructionism
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The Politics of Constructionism

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July 1998 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Politics of Constructionism presents a broadranging and critical overview of the many themes of social constructionism and its relevance to contemporary social and political issues. Clearly structured and bringing together leading international contributors from across the social sciences, it offers an invaluable may through this rich body of literature. Major questions and topics explored in its critique and application of constructionist ideas include the theory and practice of scientific method, the development of social and political policy, the use of social science statistical methods, self-identity and the politics of collective identities, and technological advances in reproductive medicine. Drawing on insights from psychology, sociology, politics, philosophy, cultural, gender, and social studies, The Politics of Constructionism links the discourse of constructionism to the wider social and political world and offers much to suggest that, contrary to the final impoverishment claimed by some of postmodernism, social science is witnessing the beginning of a new enrichment. It will be essential reading for all students and academics interested in social constructionism and contemporary issues and debates across the social sciences.

Irving Velody and Robin Williams
Introduction
 
PART ONE: FORMULATING CONSTRUCTIONISM
Michael Lynch
Towards a Constructivist Genealogy of Social Constructivism
Kenneth Gergen
Constructionist Dialogues and the Vicissitudes of the Politics
Ian Hacking
On Being More Literal about Construction
 
PART TWO: THE LIMITS OF CONSTRUCTIONISM
Paul A Roth
What Does the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge Explain?
Steve Fuller
The Reflexive Politics of Constructivism Revisited
Wil Coleman and Wes Sharrock
Unconstructive
Stephen Turner
The Limits of Social Constructionism
 
PART THREE: APPLYING CONSTRUCTIONISM
Ian Burkitt
Relations, Communication and Power
Erica Haimes and Robin Williams
Social Constructionism and the New Technologies of Reproduction
Sandy Lovie and Pat Lovie
The Social Construction of Outliers
Philip Manning
Procedure, Reflexivity and Social Constructionism
Tom Shakespeare
Social Constructionism as a Political Strategy
 
PART FOUR: THE POLITICS OF CONSTRUCTIONISM
Mitchell Dean
Questions of Method
Craig Mackenzie
Social Constructionist Political Theory
Thomas Osborne
Constructionism, Authority and the Ethical Life

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