Title

The Self As Social Construction

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2011

Published In

Psychological Studies

Abstract

The paper begins with the articulation of key assumptions central to contemporary constructionist scholarship. This is followed by an analysis of the issues in the social construction of the self. To this end several major lines of inquiry along with their socio-political implications are brought into focus. Finally, an alternative to traditional conceptions of self, one that emerges distinctly from social constructionist theory is presented.

Keywords

Culture, Community, Individualism, Language, Relational Self, Social construction