What is the social construction of reality

Construction of Reality and Reality of Constructions

The construction of reality and the reality of constructions
[Journal article]

Abstract

'The paper discusses the shortcomings of different variants of the constructionist theory of social problems. Strict constructionism in particular is criticized for the fact that this variant, if it remains true to its program, on the one hand loses its object, on the other hand no theory ...

'The paper discusses the shortcomings of different variants of the constructionist theory of social problems. Strict constructionism in particular is criticized for the fact that this variant, if it remains true to its program, on the one hand loses its subject matter and on the other does not generate a theory, but rather a description of rhetorical strategies. Contextual constructionism demonstrates unacknowledged objectivisms that are inevitable, but harmless if handled carefully. Schetsche's reception of Baudrillard's ideas to explain the hegemony of constructionist positions is presented as not mandatory for empirical and epistemological reasons, since there are fewer prerequisites for possible explanations, which include recourse to modernization and globalization theories as well as professionalization processes among political actors and in particular to Nedelmann's theory of conflict processing to be sketched. ' (Author's presentation) ... less


'The author criticizes different varieties of constructionist theories of social problems. The strict version of constructionism is criticized for missing its objective and for not leading to a theory but only producing descriptions of rhetorical strategies. Contextual constructionism seems to suffe ... more

'The author criticizes different varieties of constructionist theories of social problems. The strict version of constructionism is criticized for missing its objective and for not leading to a theory but only producing descriptions of rhetorical strategies. Contextual constructionism seems to suffer from unidentified objectivisms that are unavoidable but innocuous when handled in a reflexive manner. Schetsche's reception of Baudrillards ideas seems to be unconvincing because of empirical and methodological reasons. There are alternatives that do not demand so many serious and unprovable assumptions. Some of these alternatives derived from modernization and globalization theories and from Nedelmann's Theory of Conflict Management are discussed. ' (author's abstract) | ... less

Thesaurus keywords
sociological theory; social problem; Globalization; social construction; Constructivism; Construct; modernization

classification
General theories of the social sciences
General sociology, macro-sociology, special theories and schools, development and history of sociology
social problems

method
Basic research

Language document
German

Year of publication
2001

Page reference
Pp. 116-145

Magazine title
Social Problems, 12 (2001) 1/2

status
Release version; appraised (peer reviewed)

License
Deposit License - No Redistribution, No Processing