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`An Invitation to Social Construction is a rewarding read for newcomers to social constructionist thinking and for those well acquainted with this view' - New Therapist

`Kenneth Gergen's new book, An Invitation to Social Construction, may be the best introduction to the scholarship on social constructionism available today - but that's not all it is. It is also an inspiring and optimistic vision of what we can do to create better lives for ourselves....Gergen's new book is a key book for you to read' - Amazon

`This book lives up to its title; it is indeed "an invitation". Where most "invitations" are more, "a beginner guide to..." Gergen really seems to be saying to his audience, "have a look at this, what do you think?" I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this slim volume to any student or experienced practitioner- we all need reminding regularly of our lack of ownership of the truth' - Society for Existential Analysis

`This book, written by one of the disciplines' leading scholars and proponents, provides an interesting and reader-friendly introduction to social Constructionism, which, unlike many other books concerned with social constructionism and related issues (eg Parker 1998), does not seem to address only an academic audience who are arguably already familiar with its underlying theory, general tenets and central debates....This is a facinating and stimulating book, and Gergen's positivity and passion for the perspectives he espouses are apparent in all it's pages' - Journal of Sociolinguistics

`This book lives up to it's title; it is indeed "an invitation". Where most "invitations" are more, "a beginner's guide too....", Gergen really seems to be saying to his audience, "have a look as this, what do you think?" i wouldn't hesitate to recommend this slim volume to any student or experienced practitioner - we all need reminding regularly of our lack of ownership of the truth' - The Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kenneth J. Gergen is Mustin Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore college, USA.

CONTRIBUTORS' AFFILIATIONS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA:

Lisa Warhus University of Aarhus

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 2nd edition (February 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412923018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412923019
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Lois Shawver on May 3, 2000
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Kenneth Gergen's new book, An Invitation to Social Construction (Sage 1999), may be the best introduction to the scholarship on social constructionism available today -- but, that's not all it is. It is also an inspiring and optimistic vision of what we can do to create better lives for ourselves.
To present this vision, Gergen performs the service of a personable tourguide, cutting a path through the jungle of philosophy while making suggestions for action along the way. For example, instead of merely presenting George Lakoff's theory of everyday metaphor, he points to the way Lakoff has shown us that discussions are modeled on war (p.65). Why not, Gergen suggests, find "alternative metaphors"? Why conduct conversation as war? And Gergen does not just present Derrida's deconstructionism. Instead, he says, "Let us put this argument into action" (p.27). Deconstructionism, he explains shows that any direct statement of truth disguises a mountain of ambiguity and uncertainty. So, rather than fear that uncertainty, he tells us, why not embrace it as part of our lives? It need not cripple us, because, as Wittgenstein says, we do not need metaphysical clarity to go on together. Even with our uncertainty we can cut bold and exciting paths to better lives. It is just that our new paths need to be provisional. We will need to be ready to revise them in collaboration with others -- but that is the pleasure.
I would summarize Gergen's general philosophy like this: Beware of authors who would sell you a model of any truth. Any model that presents itself as the simple truth will be deconstructed early tomorrow. However, don't let that discourage you from bold and audacious theorizing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Z. on December 18, 2001
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I've spent the last 30 years practicing and teaching psychotherapy. In that time I've read everyone from Jay Haley and Steve de Shazer to Otto Kernberg and Heinz Kohut and lots of people in between in search of helpful ideas. I came across Kenneth Gergen's writings several years ago and now I can't stop reading the guy. This book is the best introduction to social constructionism and Gergen himself I have read to date. I only wish it had been his first so I could have had this clear, broad ranging work as a starting point for reading his earlier, somewhat more challenging writings. Careful though, one book and you can get addicted.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Z. on December 18, 2001
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I've spent the last 30 years practicing and teaching psychotherapy. In that time I've read everyone from Jay Haley and Steve de Shazer to Otto Kernberg and Heinz Kohut and lots of people in between in search of helpful ideas. I came across Kenneth Gergen's writings several years ago and now I can't stop reading the guy. This book is the best introduction to social constructionism and Gergen himself I have read to date. I only wish it had been his first so I could have had this clear, broad ranging work as a starting point for reading his earlier, somewhat more challenging writings. Careful though, one book, and you might get addicted.
Phillip Ziegler, co-author of Recreating Partnership: A Solution-Oriented, Collaborative Approach to Couples Therapy
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Markham on October 3, 2008
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This is a great book for a number of reasons. Gergen is a great writer, historian, and activist. He takes and uses the greatest hits of postmodern thought to craft an argument for radical constructivism. Many may disagree with my comparison, because Gergen grounds his self-organization in social or interpersonal grounds, but I cannot yet see the division line. If you are interested in seeing how one bases a theory on critical theory read Gergen who gives it a go. Does he suceed? You be the judge.
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