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Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction (Conversations in Social Construction Se) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0674749313 ISBN-10: 0674749316 Edition: Reprint

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  • Series: Conversations in Social Construction Se
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Reprint edition (October 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674749316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674749313
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Critics and supporters alike of social constructionism will find Gergen's volume an important contribution. It provides a cogent and powerfully rendered statement of the assumptions and claimed potentials of social constructionism...Realities and Relationships will likely emerge as a classic that will be cited widely for some time to come. (Leslie A. Baxter Contemporary Psychology)

A true landmark in the development of constructionist perspectives, Gergen's book is a powerful tour de force through the existing mindscape of psychology and the other human sciences. It is by far the best exposure of readers to the intellectual world of constructionism in the literature so far. (Jaan Valsiner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

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A true landmark in the development of constructionist perspectives, Gergen's book is a powerful tour de force through the existing mindscape of psychology and the other human sciences. It is by far the best exposure of readers to the intellectual world of constructionism in the literature so far.
--Jaan Valsiner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Chan on April 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Another fine work by one of the world's leading post-modern theorists out of the social constructivist school. Gergen focuses on nature of interpersonal relationships in the modern day era in a book that equally intellectually stimulating and eminently readable.
Readings on social constructivism are not for everyone. However, Gergen is worth experiencing in some way. Those who are familiar with him remember Gergen (Duke, PhD - Yale) as a prominent and highly cited social psychologist in the 1960 & 70s at Swarthmore College before moving into more theory in the 80s and 90s.
His work is truly brilliant, accessible on most levels to the undergraduate but complex and insightful enough to make a Foucault or Virilio scratch his head momentarily before saying, "Ahhhh." The Saturated Self and Realties and Relationships are two of Gergen's most easily accessible yet deeply complex works on the nature of the modern world.
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