Social order is not part of the “nature of things,” and it cannot be derived from the “laws of nature.” Social order exists only as a product of human activity.
~ Berger & Luckmann
In a short blog post offering sociological advice for recent college graduates, Peter Kaufman provides a succinct, clear description of social constructivism, and illustrates how understanding some basic sociological theoretical ideas you might be better equipped for life in the social world. There are four key ideas:
- the world is created by people just like you
- change is inevitable, but it’s not automatic
- you have the capability to act otherwise
- two I’s are better than one (interdependence and intersectionality)… and these are the counterpoint to the other I (individualism)