(Mis)Constructing Social Construction: Answering the Critiques

Citation:

Romaioli D, McNamee S. (Mis)Constructing Social Construction: Answering the Critiques. Theory & Psychology. 2020 :1-20.

Abstract:

This article aims to review the main criticisms of social construction (SC) after its formalization as a “movement” in the social sciences. The critiques are organized into six dominant areas that define the relationship between SC and reality, truth, language, human nature, scientific enterprise, and society. For each one of these categories, the more frequent objections raised over time by scholars will be outlined and counterarguments will be offered, centering on common misunderstandings of SC. We show how the major difficulty in embracing SC principles is attributable to the use of incommensurate assumptions and misunderstandings of the aim of social construction.