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Realities and Relationships

Soundings in Social Construction (Conversations in Social Construction Se)

Kenneth J. Gergen


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Recent attempts to challenge the primacy of reason--and its realization in foundationalist accounts of knowledge and cognitive formulations of human action--have focused on processes of discourse. Drawing from social and literary accounts of discourse, Kenneth Gergen considers these challenges to empiricism under the banner of "social construction." His aim is to outline the major elements of a social constructionist perspective, to illustrate its potential, and to initiate debate on the future of constructionist pursuits in the human sciences generally and psychology in particular.

Harvard University Press, 9780674749313, 368pp.

Publication Date: September 30, 1997