Social constructivism explained… as a basic life skill

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:

  1. the world is created by people just like you
  2. change is inevitable, but it’s not automatic
  3. you have the capability to act otherwise
  4. two I’s are better than one (interdependence and intersectionality)… and these are the counterpoint to the other I (individualism)

 

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