Approaches to the Study of the Human World
By (author) Titus Hjelm
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Social Constructionisms by Titus Hjelm
Book DescriptionSocial constructionism is one of the key ideas in the social sciences, offering different frameworks for understanding the human world. But what does it mean when we say that something is 'socially constructed'? What exactly do we construct in our social interaction? And what actually 'does' the constructing? This dynamic text invites critical reflection on these questions and more, outlining the various ways that social constructionist theory has been utilised in the social sciences. Hjelm introduces the basic assumptions of social constructionism - before examining the differences between various constructionist traditions and perspectives - from Berger and Luckmann's sociology of knowledge, to constructionist approaches in social psychology and discourse analysis. Through a diverse range of case studies on religion, crime, gender and the media, the chapters demonstrate how to apply constructionist ideas in empirical social research. Social Constructionisms is thus an invaluable source for students and scholars across the social sciences.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781403939999
(240mm x 160mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 22-May-2014
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Titus Hjelm
Social Constructionisms, Paperback (May 2014)
An insightful introduction to the key traditions in the study of social constructionism, evaluating their similarities and differences, and their strengths and weaknesses, through the use of case studies that apply each particular perspective to everyday life.
Religion and Social Problems, Paperback (October 2013)View all books by Titus Hjelm
This charts the relation between religion and social problems, examining the role of religion in assessing, constructing, and solving social problems. It is a broad and path-breaking contribution to the fields of sociology of religion, sociology of social problems, and religious studies.
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Author Biography - Titus Hjelm
Titus Hjelm is a Lecturer in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London, UK.
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