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The social construction of what?

Author: Ian Hacking
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass : Harvard University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what, precisely, is being constructed. Facts, gender, quarks, reality? Is it a person? An object? An idea? A theory? Each entails a different notion of social construction, Ian Hacking reminds us. His book explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality."--Jacket.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Hacking
ISBN: 067481200X 9780674812000 0674004124 9780674004122
OCLC Number: 39936231
Description: x, 261 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Why ask what? --
Too many metaphors --
What about the natural sciences? --
Madness: biological or constructed? --
Kind-making: the case of child abuse --
Weapons research --
Rocks --
The end of Captain Cook.
Responsibility: Ian Hacking.

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"Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what, precisely, is being constructed. Facts, gender, quarks, reality? Is it a person? An object? An idea? A theory? Each entails a different notion of social construction, Ian Hacking reminds us. His book explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality."--Jacket.

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