What is Constructionism?

What is Constructionism? : Navigating Its Use in Sociology

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Has constructionism become a victim of its own success? Scott Harris argues that, as more scholars adopt the approach, its key concepts are being used in differing and even contradictory ways - thus undercutting the vitality of its application as a research tool. To help clear the waters, he critically examines current debates and delivers a powerful call to launch a renewed constructionism. Harris traces how constructionism has evolved into two distinct perspectives - interpretative and objective - as he delves into timely topics such as social inequality, marital equality, and family diversity. He also evaluates each perspective's strengths, as well as its unique contributions. Sharpened definitions of the goals and vocabulary of both schools of thought, he demonstrates, give us a more lucid understanding of the pressing social issues of our time. Harris clarifies and assesses the power of differing constructionist approaches for understanding a range of critical social issues.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 155 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 18mm | 399.16g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 158826727X
  • 9781588267276
  • 2,433,233

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"Clearly and compellingly written.... This is a fine overview of different approaches to constructionism. Unlike so many theorists, Harris is kind to his reader, aiming to inform, not to obfuscate. He is to be congratulated for his effort." - Jaber Gubrium, University of Missouri"show more

About Scott R. Harris

Scott R. Harris is associate professor of sociology at Saint Louis University and author of The Meanings of Marital Equality.show more

Table of contents

Introduction. Constructing Minds. Managing Emotions. Family Diversity. Creating Equal Marriages. Producing Social Inequality. Conclusion.show more

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