On Social Construction

This is an interesting video and very useful for teaching purposes made by Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp of the wonderful blog Sociologcial Images. They explain in a very concrete way the idea of social construction; a key concept in sociology and anthropology that refers to how people giving to the world. As they explain social constructions (like race) are powerful and often contested; understanding social constructions is therefore important.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVVWmZAStn8]

UPDATE:

Lisa Wade and Gwen Sharp won the Citasa Award for Public Sociology and the annual ASA conference. Congratulations, well deserved!

One thought on “On Social Construction

  1. Nicely done, except that you seem to imply that individuals are powerless regarding social constructions. I disagree. Each time any of us encounters a social construction we individually validate and perpetuate it, or, we challenge and resist it.

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