Social Constructionism and Psychology

Viv Burr

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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.
Original languageEnglish
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
EditorsMasahiro Nochi, Yasushi Ohashi
Place of PublicationTokyo, Japan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9784788517509 , 4788517507
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021


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