This volume provides a distinctive overview and analysis of the place of social constructionism in social psychology. The author's arguments revolve around two key questions: How can social constructionism account for changes in human identities? In what ways might social constructionism accommodate a role for nonhumans - whether technological or `natural' - in the constitution of identity?
Michael locates these questions between recent innovations in social psychology and the highly influential contributions of actor-network theory, which has come to dominate the sociology of scientific knowledge.
Mike Michael is a Lecturer in the Centre of Science Studies and Science Policy, Independent Studies at Lancaster University
Introduction Constructing Socially Constructed Identity Constructing a Critique of Social Constructionism Constructing Actor-Network Theory Actor-Network Theory and Identity Science, Knowledge and the Public Actors, Identities and `Natural' Nonhumans Conclusion