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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Social Constructionisms

Approaches to the Study of the Human World

ISBN 9781403939999
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

An insightful introduction to the key traditions in the study of social constructionism, evaluating their similarities and differences, and their strengths and weaknesses, through the use of case studies that apply each particular perspective to everyday life.

Titus Hjelm is a Lecturer in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London, UK.

1. The World We Make: The Idea of Social Construction
2. The Construction of Everyday Life: The Sociology of Knowledge
3. The Making of the Dark Side of Society: Social Problems as Social Constructions
4. Constructing the Self and the Other: The Perspective of Social Psychology
5. Discourse and Power: Critical Discourse Analysis
6. Constructionisms and Critique
7. Social Constructionisms and the Study of the Human World


"What does social constructionism mean? It's not a simple question. This readable book explores some of the different meanings the term has, for both its proponents and its critics. Even readers who consider themselves quite familiar with constructionist work are likely to discover new schools of constructionism in social problems, social psychology, and critical theory." - Joel Best, Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice, University of Delaware, USA
"Titus Hjelm's book is an engaging and accessible introduction to some of the most important varieties of social constructionism. Remarkably, it achieves clarity and depth while remaining lively and enjoyable to read." - Dave Elder-Vass, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Loughborough University, UK
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