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Title: Social constructionism as ontology: exposition and example
Authors: Nightingale, David J.
Cromby, John
Keywords: Anti-realism
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: © Sage
Citation: NIGHTINGALE, D.J. and CROMBY, J, 2002. Social constructionism as ontology: exposition and example. Theory and Psychology, 12(5), pp. 701-713.
Abstract: This paper contends that anti-realist claims regarding the ‘nature’ of social constructionism and the world it describes are erroneous. Specifically, we argue that claims regarding the impossibility of referentiality and objectivity—often seen as defining characteristics of constructionism—mistake both the nature of the subject matter at hand and the consequences that follow from theoretical critiques of na¨ıve objectivism and realism. Drawing upon the (critical) realist philosophy of science, we illustrate, through the use of a particular case study, that the version of constructionism proposed here is more compelling, credible and has greater utility than others that have been offered.
Description: This is Closed Access. This article was published in Theory and Psychology [© Sage] and is available at: http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105793.
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/2690
ISSN: 0959-3543
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