|Title of host publication||International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Mar 2015|
Social constructionism is a term used to refer to a number of related theoretical approaches that challenge the underlying assumptions and research practices of mainstream psychology. Its insistence upon the historical and cultural specificity of all knowledge means that it constitutes a radical critique of the discipline. Its focus on the importance of language in the construction of people and events has led to the adoption of several varieties of discourse analysis as its research methods of choice.