It will be invaluable to students and scholars looking for a sustained and engaging inquiry into the premises and practices of social constructionism. By tracing the history of his ideas, he provides a blueprint for others to follow by including further reflections and additional references. Dr Gergen once again has paved the way for innovative, relational, and ethical ways of thinking about pedagogy, research and practice. I strongly recommend this outstanding book for child and youth care practitioners, social workers, counselors, mediators and psychologists. As a teacher of Family Therapy, this book provides a foundation for understanding social constructionist therapy models and research and adds depth to my students understanding of these models. While still preserving the celebrated wide-ranging and profound approach of the first, the Second Edition, now with pedagogical features throughout, is even more accessible for students.

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Please refer to our updated inspection copy policy for full details. If you have recently placed an inspection copy order with us, we will be in touch to advise of any changes. This new edition of Kenneth J. This third edition, enriched with three new chapters, remains an exciting introduction to the premises of social constructionism. As Gergen unfolds, in his own personal style, the ideas of dialogue, co-action and relationship one finds oneself relating to the book in the most engaging way.

The book is inspiring for both the newcomer and the experienced pursuer of knowledge-making in constructionist terms. Ken Gergen has taken all that is good in his second edition of the definitive Invitation to Social Construction, updated it, and made it even smarter.

There is no more vibrant and engaging launch point for understanding contemporary social constructionism. The author succeeds in introducing the reader into social construction. He emphasizes that this perspective critically attempts to look at what acts as "the truth" without leading to nihilism.

The combination of the scientific with the social and personal through the work makes it very accessible and easily readable. In short, the book is a comprehensive introduction to social construction, not just for novice and advanced researchers, but also for students. This is a dynamic and engaging text that will not only encourage your students to consider which aspects of society contribute to social construction, but also motivate them to delve deeper into social theory.

The writing style presents a balanced tone of questioning, theorising and evaluating. It covers a variety of topics that are analysed through social constructionism prism. Great updated version of a classic text.

It clearly discusses key arguments within social constructionism. I would recommend for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. My course seeks to examine constructionism, particularly in the context of people with mental illness. This book is essential for understanding how the process of social construction works and its implications on different groups. Hosting more than 4, titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

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Download flyer Recommend to Library. An Invitation to Social Construction is the must-read text for all social science students, academics and practitioners wishing to learn about social constructionism, along with the forms of inquiry and practice central to its impact.

Together We Construct our Worlds. The Social Origins of the Real and the Good. Grounding Dialogues on Social Construction. From Deconstruction to Reconstruction. The Language We Live By. Everyday Conversation: The Power of the Unremarkable. Institutional Realities: Foucault on Power.

From Empiricism to Constructionism. Research Traditions in Transformation. Discourse Study: Exploring Constructed Worlds. Imagination in Action: Qualitative Enquiry. Generative Theory. Individualism: Separation and its Discontents. Self as Relationship: First Steps. Self as Relationship: The Emerging Vision.

Mind as Relational Action. Exploring Dialogue: Key Concepts. Dialogue and Difference. Toward Transformative Dialogue. Knowledge as Socially Constructed. Education as Relational Process. The Challenge of Student Evaluation. Therapy as Social Construction. Collaborative Means to Human Well-being.

Meaning and Medicine. Organizing Through Language. Relational Organizing: Key to the Future. The Organization as System. The Challenge of Moral Relativism. Missing Ingredients: The Body and Power. Thalia Dragonas. University of Athens, Greece. Jonathan Potter. Loughborough University. Sofie De Bus. Ms Lorraine Anne Loveland-Armour. Department of Education, Newman University.

December 9, Report this review. Ms Irena Loveikaite. November 25, An essential text for social sciences; cannot recommend highly enough! Sasha Pleasance. July 6, Professor Sabine Troeger, Dr. Geography Institute - Library, University of Bonn. June 1, Dr Suet Lin Hung. May 10, Dr Chris Howard.

February 24, Dr Meron Wondemaghen. October 29, Load more. For instructors. ISBN: Related Products. Social Constructionism, Discourse and Realism. Representing Reality. An Introduction to Critical Social Psychology. Discursive Psychology. Doing Discourse Research. Discourse and Social Psychology. The Production of Reality.

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An Invitation to Social Construction




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