The Social Construction of What?


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Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what, precisely, is being constructed. Facts, gender, quarks, reality? Ian Hacking's book explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality. Especially troublesome in this dispute is the status of the natural sciences, and this is where Hacking finds some of his most telling cases, from the conflict between biological and social approaches to mental illness to vying accounts of current ...

The Social Construction of What? 2000, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674004122

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The Social Construction of What? 1999, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780674812000