This new edition of Kenneth J. Gergen's celebrated text An Invitation to Social Construction is now even more accessible for students, offering a clear and thorough introduction to one of the most significant movements in contemporary social science.
The Third Edition includes:
updates reflecting the many new developments in theory, research, and practice
a more student-friendly, personal writing style
three new chapters on education, and therapy and health care, and organizations
key insights into how social construction can help support you in your research projects, from start to finish.
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.
Kenneth J. Gergen is a Senior Research Professor at Swarthmore College, USA, and President of the Taos Institute. He has been the recipient of many awards throughout the world. His major works include Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction; The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life; and Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community.
CHAPTER 1: SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION - FROM "WHAT IS" TO "WHAT COULD BE" Together We Construct our Worlds The Social Origins of the Real and the Good Grounding Dialogues on Social Construction From Deconstruction to Reconstruction Reflective Pragmatism: The Working Vocabularies of the World CHAPTER 2: CONSTRUCTING THE REAL AND THE GOOD The Language We Live By Everyday Conversation: The Power of the Unremarkable Institutional Realities: Foucault on Power Identity Politics: To Be or Not To Be CHAPTER 3: HORIZONS OF HUMAN ENQUIRY From Empiricism to Constructionism Research Traditions in Transformation Discourse Study: Exploring Constructed Worlds Imagination in Action: Qualitative Enquiry CHAPTER 4: THE RELATIONAL SELF Generative Theory Individualism: Separation and its Discontents Self as Relationship: First Steps Self as Relationship: The Emerging Vision Mind as Relational Action Multi-Being: What Shall We Become Together? CHAPTER 5: DIALOGUE - CONFLICT AND TRANSFORMATION Exploring Dialogue: Key Concepts Dialogue and Difference Toward Transformative Dialogue CHAPTER 6: EDUCATION AS RELATIONAL PROCESS Knowledge as Socially Constructed Education as Relational Process The Challenge of Student Evaluation CHAPTER 7: THE HELPING PROFESSIONS - CO-CONSTRUCTION IN ACTION Therapy as Social Construction Collaborative Means to Human Well-being Meaning and Medicine CHAPTER 8: MAKING MEANING IN ORGANIZATIONS Organizing Through Language Relational Organizing: Key to the Future The Organization as System CHAPTER 9: SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION IN QUESTION Realism: "But there is a World Out There!" The Challenge of Moral Relativism Missing Ingredients: The Body and Power The Challenge of Moral Relativism