Social Constructionism (Hardback)Vivien Burr (author)
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Now in its third edition, this successful book introduces students to the area of social science theory and research known as social constructionism. Using a variety of examples from everyday experience and from existing research in areas such as personality, sexuality and health, it clearly explains the basic theoretical assumptions of social constructionism. Key debates, such as the nature and status of knowledge, truth, reality and the self are given in-depth analysis in an accessible style. Drawing on a range of empirical studies, the book clearly defines the various different approaches to social constructionist research and explores the theoretical and practical issues involved. While the text is broadly sympathetic to social constructionism, it also adopts a critical perspective to the material, addressing its weaknesses and, in the final chapter, subjecting the theory itself to a more extensive critique.
New to this edition:
Extended coverage of the relationship between 'mainstream' psychology and social constructionism and how the two fields can engage with each other.
An exploration of the rise and popularity of neuroscience and the challenge it poses to social constructionism.
New material on the field of psychosocial studies.
Updated coverage of existing key issues such as age and sexuality, and inclusion of more recently emerging issues (e.g. status and role of affect).
Updated discussion of key social constructionist contributors, with revised references.
Updated chapter on research methods, including more on narrative and critical narrative analysis, and personal construct methods.
The third edition of Social Constructionism extends and updates the material covered in previous editions and will be an invaluable and informative resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students across the social and behavioural sciences.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
Edition: 3rd New edition
"Social Constructionism is a great book, and has been on my recommended reading lists for a long time. It's been an obvious hit with students as my copy has gone missing."
- Andy Lock, School of Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand
"This book is an excellent introduction to social constructionism, an important critical position in psychology. Its many strengths include its impressive clarity and concision, which make the book accessible to undergraduates, and its accuracy and sophistication in its accounts of complex theoretical positions, meaning that the readership can extend (and has extended) to postgraduate students and to academics moving into this area of work."
- Stephen Frosh, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
"Burr's Social Constructionism remains an essential companion for anyone interested in this increasingly influential approach. This third edition provides the reader with discussions of the very latest developments in social constructionist scholarship. The book directly addresses the tricky questions that arise as we consider the implications of social constructionism for human experience. The clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of the subject matter remain unrivalled. I highly recommend this text."
- Carla Willig, Department of Psychology, City University London, UK
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