September 17, 2010

Social Constructionism

  1. Naming, labelling
  2. Labels are categorised
  3. Values attributed to the categories
  4. Categories arranged into a hierarchy
  5. This sequence is reflected in policies - government policies reinforce/reproduce these dominant labels
  6. Layers are applied to the layers, e.g. gender relationships are laid on top of the "best" family structure model
Further factors to consider:
  1. Power - who has the power to determine that his definition/label is the dominant one?
  2. Where (and from whom) do contestations to the dominant definition emerge?

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