Definition of constructionism in US English:



  • another term for constructivism
    • ‘Indeed, ultimately it was so muted as to be altogether squeezed out by a social constructionism in which capitalism is seen as responsible for remaking nature anew.’
    • ‘At first sight, this phrase seems only too redolent of the social constructionism to which I am objecting.’
    • ‘That economic historians hate social constructionism is perhaps understandable; that they refuse to acknowledge its existence or address any of the objections it raises, less so.’
    • ‘Social constructionism has emerged as an influential paradigm resulting in a rethinking of philosophical, social, and political concerns.’
    • ‘There was consensus on the roles that social constructionism, narrative, and hermeneutics play in postmodern thought and their application to therapy.’
    • ‘This see-saw of naturalism and constructionism has long been recognised by Marxists.’
    • ‘As postmodern ideas of social constructionism have influenced the fields of family therapy, clinicians have become more collaborative by including clients' experiences and views throughout the process of therapy.’
    • ‘This middle position between the antinomies of naturalism and constructionism is persuasive and intellectually appealing.’
    • ‘The rest of Part I draws on various ideas from social constructionism and discursive psychology that question the positivist view of health and illness as objectivist entities.’
    • ‘However, like systems theory, the abstract nature of social constructionism makes it difficult to develop testable middlerange theories.’
    • ‘Postmodernism and social constructionism remind us to be suspect of any constructs that seek to establish themselves as decontextualized truths.’
    • ‘Positivist psychologists may see a shift to the idealist ontology implied by social constructionism as a backward step, a vestige of old debates now resolved in favour of the positivist version of realism.’
    • ‘Social constructionism deals with ambiguity, contradiction, and multiple meanings.’
    • ‘He acknowledges that social constructionism, while it is a powerful tool for contesting naturalisations of inequality, may also promote the notion that humans have complete control over what they construct.’
    • ‘Social constructionism is the belief that human nature does not matter or exist, and that most of what we believe about human nature is actually the product of human institutions and cultures, and therefore open to be changed.’
    • ‘Vulgar constructionism thus distorts the possibilities for meaningful identity politics by conflating at least two separate but closely linked manifestations of power.’
    • ‘Social constructionism, practiced in therapy, attends to the politics of power, political action, and social responsibility.’
    • ‘Cultural constructionism has come under attack in many areas of anthropology over the past fifteen years or so.’
    • ‘This conceptualization resonates with such postpositive movements in psychology as social constructionism, postmodern thought, and discursive psychology.’
    • ‘One needs to operate within multiple frames of reference, ranging from the relatively ‘hard’ science of neurobiology to postmodern narrative work and social constructionism.’