Social Construction Let’s Talk Tuesday, 8 November 2011 Patrick Heesen
The Basic Idea of Social construction:“We Construct the World”
“The basic idea asks us to rethink virtually everything we have been taught about the world and ourselves. And with this rethinking we are invited into new and exciting forms of action”
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“Social reality is based upon socialmores, traditions, cultures andinstitutions; knowledge-claims should beunderstood as historical artifacts ratherthan timeless truths” “Social theorists accept the fact that social ideas are variable and subject to reinterpretation as new information is revealed”
“A social construct is anythingthat exists as a product ofhuman social interaction insteadof by virtue ofobjective, human-independentexistence. Social constructs aresaid to be the result of socialfacts, things that are true ofour social world or humanexistence, as opposed to naturalfacts” “Nothing is real unless people agree that it is”
Basic Principles of Social Construction;• A critical stance toward taken-for-granted knowledge• Reality and Identity are Co-created in dialogue• Words Create Worlds. Reality is constructed through language• Truth is Local. There is no absolute truth• We See Things as We Are• The truth is historically and culturally relative• Knowledge is sustained by social processes.
The social construction ofreality is an ongoing, dynamicprocess that is (and must be)reproduced by people acting ontheir interpretations and theirknowledge of it.
“Social construction makes truth so radically relative that we simplycould never have certain knowledge of anything”