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Realities and relationships : soundings in social construction

Author: Kenneth J Gergen
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Recent attempts to challenge the primacy of reason - and its realization in foundationalist accounts of knowledge and cognitive formulations of human action - have focused on processes of discourse. Drawing from social and literary accounts of discourse Gergen considers these challenges to empiricism under the banner of "social construction." His aim is to outline the major elements of a social constructionist  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth J Gergen
ISBN: 0674749316 9780674749313 0674749308 9780674749306
OCLC Number: 49629794
Description: xii, 356 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. From Individual Knowledge to Communal Construction --
1. The Impasse of Individual Knowledge --
2. Crisis in Representation and the Emergence of Social Construction --
3. Constructionism in Question --
4. Social Construction and Moral Orders --
II. Criticism and Consequence --
5. Social Psychology and the Wrong Revolution --
6. The Cultural Consequences of Deficit Discourse --
7. Objectivity as Rhetorical Achievement --
III. From Self to Relationship --
8. Self-Narration in Social Life --
9. Emotion as Relationship --
10. Transcending Narrative in the Therapeutic Context --
11. The Communal Origins of Meaning --
12. Deceit: From Conscience to Community.
Responsibility: Kenneth J. Gergen.

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