Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction

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Harvard University Press, 1994 - Psychology - 356 pages
Recent attempts to challenge the primacy of reason - and its realization in foundationalist accounts of knowledge and cognitive formulations of human action - have focused on processes of discourse. Drawing from social and literary accounts of discourse Gergen considers these challenges to empiricism under the banner of "social construction". His aim is to outline the major elements of a social constructionist perspective, to illustrate its potential, and to initiate debate on the future of constructionist pursuits in the human sciences generally and psychology in particular. Realities and Relationships not only integrates the many voices of anti-empiricist criticism, it positions us to consider alternative conceptions of knowledge, new vistas for human science, and transformations in cultural practice.

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Kenneth J. Gergen is Senior Research Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College. He is the author of The Saturated Self and Toward Transformation in Social Knowledge.

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