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Constructing Identities
The Social, the Nonhuman and Change


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Social Psychology (General)

January 1996 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This volume provides a distinctive overview and analysis of the place of social constructionism in social psychology. The author's arguments revolve around two key questions: How can social constructionism account for changes in human identities? In what ways might social constructionism accommodate a role for nonhumans - whether technological or `natural' - in the constitution of identity?

Michael locates these questions between recent innovations in social psychology and the highly influential contributions of actor-network theory, which has come to dominate the sociology of scientific knowledge.

 
Introduction
 
Constructing Socially Constructed Identity
 
Constructing a Critique of Social Constructionism
 
Constructing Actor-Network Theory
 
Actor-Network Theory and Identity
 
Science, Knowledge and the Public
 
Actors, Identities and `Natural' Nonhumans
 
Conclusion

`A book which shows the exciting potential of actor-network theory for everyone with an interest in social constructionism. It bubbles with exciting ideas' - Jonathan Potter, Loughborough University

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