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COMM 3180-01 Communication& Social Behavior. May 18, 2005 Social Construction: The Basics. To Begin: A Few Examples. Balls and Strikes: The Social Construction of Baseball Daisies or Dandelions: The Social Construction of Weeds Firewood or Band-aid?: The Social Construction of Science.

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Comm 3180 01 communication social behavior

COMM 3180-01Communication& Social Behavior

May 18, 2005

Social Construction: The Basics


To begin a few examples

To Begin: A Few Examples

  • Balls and Strikes: The Social Construction of Baseball

  • Daisies or Dandelions: The Social Construction of Weeds

  • Firewood or Band-aid?: The Social Construction of Science


What is real how do we know

Ontology

The study of reality

What exists, independent of:

How we come to know about it

How we think, feel, or talk about it

Epistemology

The study of knowledge

How we come to know what exists (positivism), or:

What exists, as “created” through:

How we come to know about it

How we think, feel, or talk about it

What Is Real? How Do We Know?


Social construction two views

A “Hard” Version

An ontological view of social construction

“Reality” is created through communication

There is no “reality” independent of communication

Example: Baudrillard’s claim that there “was no Gulf War”

A “Soft” Version

An epistemological view of social construction

“Reality” is understood through communication

“Reality” is only meaningful through communication

Example: Berger and Luckman’s The Social Construction of Knowledge

Social Construction: Two Views


What they share in common a family resemblance burr ch 1

What They Share In Common: A “Family Resemblance” (Burr, Ch. 1)

  • A critical stance to taken-for-granted knowledge: Questioning categories

  • Historical and cultural specificity

  • Knowledge is sustained by social processes

  • Knowledge and action are inextricably linked


Three important themes anti essentialism relativity language

Three Important Themes:Anti-Essentialism, Relativity, Language

  • Essentialism and Anti-Essentialism

  • Truth and Relativity

  • Language: Two Notes

    • Language is a precondition for thought

    • Language is a form of action


Why social construction burr chapter two

Why Social Construction?Burr, Chapter Two

  • What is Burr’s argument for the social construction of personality? What it your reaction?

  • What is Burr’s argument for the social construction of health/illness? What it your reaction?

  • What is Burr’s argument for the social construction of sexuality? What it your reaction?


Allen social constructionism questions

Allen, “Social Constructionism”Questions

  • What does Allen identify as some critiques of the social construction perspective?

  • How does Allen see her identity and career as shaped by the process of social construction?

  • Do you see similarities between Allen’s narrative and the process by which your identity/career have developed?


For monday

For Monday:

  • Groups will be assigned: You’ll need to begin working on group contract immediately!

  • Read Burr, Chapters 3 & 4


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