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What does social construction mean to you? What questions do you have for others about social construction? 

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  • Social Construction means for me a way of looking at the world and that entails people, my personal and professional life, my academic world, etc.


    • Interesting, Papusa . . . for you, constructionism is primarily "epistemological," a way of knowing, or "hermeneutical," or a way of making meaning? What sets this way of "looking at the world" apart from other lenses for you?

      • It is both; because the relational aspect provides a new lense for the construction of knowledge: I cannot know if it is not in relationship with... and hermeneutical because It is a way of understanding that reality is constructed through language, a series of coordinated actions of shared meaning. What do you think?  Papusa

        • I like this.  I think I see it the same way, I call my perspective "dialogic" especially informed by positioning theory and "Dialogic Self Theory" articulated by Peter Raggatt, Hubert Hermans and Thorsten Gieser, as well as what Leslie Baxter calls "Relational Dialectics Theory," but I am still sorting out how various theorists attempt to articulate what appear to me to be very similar perspectives to one another.  In some cases, I don't really see the differences, such as between Dialogic Self Theory and Relational Dialectics, but this is most likely due to where I am in my own process of studying these theories.  They may very well be making important distinctions that I haven't sorted out yet.  

          • Speaking of which, I read your profile page, and it looks like you have a "dialogic" perspective as well... awesome!  

            I am doing a dialogic research study now, so I'm glad to speak to you about what I'm doing, considering this is something I read on your profile page that you wanted to talk about with people.  I'd love to chat, and hear about what you are doing as well!


          • The aspect in which dialogic and dialectics may differ is that in dialetic processes, we are still talking about oppositionality...

            • Interesting.  I would like to know more about what you mean by that, especially since I understand that in Dialogic Self Theory (DST) that the "polyphonic" self includes a great deal of opposition/contradiction and so forth and that such is the process by which meaning/self "emerges" which sounds a like Baxter's description of how meaning emerges to me... but maybe I've misunderstood?  Thanks!

              • Well I don´t know Baxter description, however, in dialectics the only things to consider are the oppositions/contradictions.  Meanwhile, in dialogic, we have those and everything in between, all the hues of the spectrum, Especially because it is about listening to all the voices, even those who don't not seem "fitted" to be listen to.  As an example, I can think of "Open Dialogues" as developed by Jaakko Seikkula where even the voice of the "schizophrenic" is listen to and included

                • Excellent!  Thank you for the clarification. 

  • For me constructionism has meant a turnaround in the manner in which I conceptualize a whole lot of aspects of being alive- including as an artist, a teacher, or a future entrepreneur. But before all this it has meant a re-construction of something that was the center of my life, my illness experience and narrative about it. Encountering social constructionism has brought around that shift- to understand mental wellness not from a biological but a social perspective. Perhaps this has been among the biggest personal breakthroughs in my life. And when I see the possibility of that in terms of what it can do for more people., the immensity of that scope makes me hopeful.

    However, can anyone tell me whether there is some connection with Marxian dialectical materialism in social constructionism?

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