Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction by Kenneth J. GergenRealities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction by Kenneth J. Gergen

Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction

byKenneth J. Gergen

Paperback | September 30, 1997

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Recent attempts to challenge the primacy of reason--and its realization in foundationalist accounts of knowledge and cognitive formulations of human action--have focused on processes of discourse. Drawing from social and literary accounts of discourse, Kenneth Gergen considers these challenges to empiricism under the banner of "social construction." His aim is to outline the major elements of a social constructionist perspective, to illustrate its potential, and to initiate debate on the future of constructionist pursuits in the human sciences generally and psychology in particular.
Kenneth J. Gergen is Gil and Frank Mustin Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College. He is the author of The Saturated Self and Toward Transformation in Social Knowledge.
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Title:Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social ConstructionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0 inPublished:September 30, 1997Publisher:Harvard

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Table of Contents

Preface

From Individual Knowledge to Communal Construction

The Impasse of Individual Knowledge

Crisis in Representation and the Emergence of Social Construction

Constructionism in Question

Social Construction and Moral Orders

Criticism and Consequence

Social Psychology and the Wrong Revolution

The Cultural Consequences of Deficit Discourse

Objectivity as Rhetorical Achievement

From Self to Relationship

Self-Narration in Social Life

Emotion as Relationship

Transcending Narrative in the Therapeutic Context

The Communal Origins of Meaning

Deceit: From Conscience to Community

Notes

References

Index

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Recent attempts to challenge the primacy of reason - and its realization in foundationalist accounts of knowledge and cognitive formulations of human action - have focused on processes of discourse. Drawing from social and literary accounts of discourse Gergen considers these challenges to empiricism under the banner of "social construction". His aim is to outline the major elements of a social constructionist perspective, to illustrate its potential, and to initiate debate on the future of constructionist pursuits in the human sciences generally and psychology in particular. Realities and Relationships not only integrates the many voices of anti-empiricist criticism, it positions us to consider alternative conceptions of knowledge, new vistas for human science, and transformations in cultural practice.

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PrefaceFrom Individual Knowledge to Communal ConstructionThe Impasse of Individual KnowledgeCrisis in Representation and the Emergence of Social ConstructionConstructionism in QuestionSocial Construction and Moral OrdersCriticism and ConsequenceSocial Psychology and the Wrong RevolutionThe Cultural Consequences of Deficit DiscourseObjectivity as Rhetorical AchievementFrom Self to RelationshipSelf-Narration in Social LifeEmotion as RelationshipTranscending Narrative in the Therapeutic ContextThe Communal Origins of MeaningDeceit: From Conscience to CommunityNotesReferencesIndexA true landmark in the development of constructionist perspectives, Gergen's book is a powerful tour de force through the existing mindscape of psychology and the other human sciences. It is by far the best exposure of readers to the intellectual world of constructionism in the literature so far.