An Invitation to Social Construction

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SAGE Publications, Dec 6, 1999 - Psychology - 256 pages
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`An Invitiation to Social Construction is a rewarding read for newcomers to social constructionist thinking and for those well acquainted with this view.' - New Therapist

`Kenneth Gergen's new book, An Invitation to Social Construction, may be the best introduction to the scholarship on social constructionism available today - but that's not all it is. It is also an inspiring and optimistic vision of what we can do to create better lives for ourselves....Gergen's new book is a key book for you to read' - Amazon

From a leading figure in the field, this introductory text forms an elegant overview of social constructionism that is at once wide-ranging and accessible.

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Traditions in Trouble
The Communal Construction of the Real and the Good
Discourse and Emancipation

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Kenneth J. Gergen is Mustin Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore college, USA.


Lisa Warhus University of Aarhus

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