The chapter focuses on social constructionism as a critical voice in psychology. It describes the assumptions underlying the discipline of (mainstream) psychology before going on to demonstrate the key features of social constructionism and how these challenge mainstream psychology: the historical and cultural specificity of knowledge, the relationship between knowledge and power, challenging the concepts of objectivity and truth, and anti-essentialism. These key features are illustrated through the examples of intelligence and personality, age categories, psychopathology and disability. The implications for the discipline of psychology and for selfhood are discussed.
|Title of host publication||ソーシャル・コンストラクショニズムと対人支援の心理学|
|Subtitle of host publication||理論・研究・実践のために|
|Editors||Masahiro Nochi, Yasushi Ohashi|
|Place of Publication||Tokyo, Japan|
|Number of pages||21|
|ISBN (Print)||9784788517509 , 4788517507|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Dec 2021|