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Social Constructionist Psychology: A Critical Analysis of Theory and Practice [Paperback]

John Cromby , David J. Nightingale
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1 Sep 1999 033520192X 978-0335201921
* How can ideas about the social construction of reality be reconciled with the material and embodied aspects of our being?
* In what ways can a realist framework inform social constructionist research?
* What are the limits of social constructionism?

This accessible text draws together for the first time a wide range of emerging issues, ideas and discussions in constructionist psychology. It shows how these issues are relevant to everyday life, using carefully-chosen examples to illustrate its arguments, and provides a coherent and challenging introduction to the field.
The book explores the growing conviction that dominant 'discursive' trends in social constructionism - which deal with the analysis of language and discourse to the exclusion of the material world, embodiment, personal-social history, and power - are inadequate or incomplete and risk preventing social constructionism from maturing into a viable and coherent body of theory, method and practice. In highlighting what are seen as deficiencies in current constructionist approaches, it inevitably takes a somewhat critical stance. However, the contributing authors are committed to a constructionist analysis of the human condition - into which they seek to reintegrate the material and embodied aspects of our nature. As a result, the completion of social constructionism is brought a step closer and its continued importance is underlined.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press (1 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033520192X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335201921
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David J. Nightingale teaches critical psychology in the Department of Psychology at Bolton Institute. His research is concerned with the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of social constructionism and critical psychology. He has published work on understanding and practising critical psychology, the teaching of social constructionism, the philosophy of social constructionism, and the body.

John Cromby teaches psychology in the Department of Interdisciplinary Human Studies at the University of Bradford. He previously worked as a researcher in medical settings, including learning disabilities and drug addiction. His research has been concerned with issues of self, identity and subjectivity, and with educational applications of 'virtual reality' computer systems.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 2 Nov 2000
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For those of you who are new to social constructionism this book will provide a thought provoking, and at times (pleasantly) challenging, introduction to some of the key debates within the discipline. Those of you who are more familiar with this topic will find many interesting chapters that unpick some of the central problems that face contemporary social consteructionist theory, in particular, issues of embodiment, materiality and, to a lesser extent power. For anyone interested in this area of psychology this is a must-have text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Making Social Constructionism a "Thing" 22 May 2003
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This book is actually a five-star read for persons inquiring into social constructionist psychology. One of Rom Harre's contributions addresses and dispells the myth that social constructionism MUST deny (or perpetually challenge the concept) a physical reality. In doing so, his contribution to this text makes it a must-read for folks in and out of the social constructionism circle. Four stars were given only because social constructionism begs to elude definition and insists upon constant reflection and change. Thankfully, this book breaks that mold, even for a moment.
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