Social Constructivism as Paradigm?: The Legacy of The Social Construction of Reality, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Social Constructivism as Paradigm?

The Legacy of The Social Construction of Reality, 1st Edition

Edited by Michaela Pfadenhauer, Hubert Knoblauch


342 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Social constructivism is one of the most prominent theoretical approaches in the social sciences. This volume celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first formulation in Peter Berger and Luckmann’s classic foundational text, The Social Construction of Reality. Addressing the work’s contribution to establishing social constructivism as a paradigm and discussing its potential for current questions in social theory, the contributing authors indicate the various cultural understandings and theoretical formulations that exist of social construction, its different fields of research and the promising new directions for future research that it presents in its most recent developments. A study of the importance of a work that established a paradigm in the international sociology of knowledge, this book will appeal to scholars of sociology with interests in social theory, the history of the social sciences and the significance of social constructivism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Reality of Social Constructivism. Introductory Remarks (Michaela Pfadenhauer)

Part I: The Theory of "The Social Construction of Reality" and its Reception

1. Why are Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann Austrians? (Manfred Prisching)

2. The Theoretical Claims of The Social Construction of Reality (Martin Endress)

3. The Cultural Dimension of Social Constructions. On the Meaning of "Doings" and the Meaning of "Dones" (Michaela Pfadenhauer)

4. The Reality of Material Objectivations: On Dwelling as a Mode of Internalization (Silke Steets )

5. Social Constructions through Socialization. The Perspective of a Constructivist Socialization Research(Matthias Grundmann)

6. Objectification and Verbalization. Social Constructivism and the Problem of Language (Jens Loenhoff)

7. Some Reflections on Reception and Influence of Berger and Luckmann`s Book on Social Construction of Reality in the Spanish-Speaking World (César A. Cisneros Puebla)

Part II: The Variety of Constructivisms

8. Variations of Constructivism (Thomas S. Eberle)

9. The Social Construction of Technology: Where it Came From and Where it Might be Heading (Trevor Pinch)

10. The Concept of Alternation and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge (Harry Collins)

11. From Pragmatism to Interactive Constructivism (Kersten Reich)

12. Autogenesis and Autopoiesis. On the Emergence of Social Reality in Social and Radical Constructivism (Ilja Srubar)

13. Knowledge as a Form of the Life-Course – The General Constructivism of Social Systems Theory (Achim Brosziewski)

14. Oblivion of Power? The Social Construction of Reality and the (Counter-) Critique of Pierre Bourdieu (Jochen Dreher)

15. Habitualization and Habitus – On the Relation between Social Constructivism and the Theory of Practice (Gregor Bongaerts)

16. The Social Construction of Reality: Traces and Transformation (Kenneth J. Gergen)

Part III: Recent Developments of Social Constructivism

17. From the Social to the Communicative Construction of Reality (Hubert Knoblauch)

18. From Understanding to Impact: Communicative Power (Jo Reichertz)

19. The Discursive Construction of Realities (Reiner Keller)

Conclusion: The Social Construction of Reality as a Paradigm? (Hubert Knoblauch)

About the Editors

Michaela Pfadenhauer is Professor of Sociology at the University of Vienna, Austria. She is the author of Invitation to the New Sociology of Knowledge and the co-editor of Epistemic and Learning Cultures.

Hubert Knoblauch is Professor of Sociology at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. He is the author of Powerpoint, Communication, and the Knowledge Society, the co-author of Videography: Introduction to Interpretive Videoanalysis of Social Situations, and the co-editor of Culture, Communication, and Creativity: Reframing the Relations of Media, Knowledge, and Innovation in Society.

About the Series

Knowledge, Communication and Society

Knowledge, Communication, and Society: Contributions to the New Sociology of Knowledge seeks to revive the academic collaboration and debates between European and Anglo-Saxon currents of thought in the social sciences that characterised the middle of the last century, and provide a forum for the development of a new sociology of knowledge. A space for transatlantic discussion, it includes original works and translations of central works by contemporary European social scientists and is committed to an empirically grounded programme of developing social theory.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General