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first major section of chapter two…

Social Construction. “Social constructionism is a theoretical approach focusing on social influences on the meanings people impose in their everyday lives. A social constructionist approach emphasizes the dynamic, iterative processes by which individuals perceive, define, and then subsequently act toward their reality. But the approach itself is used with varying meanings (Hacking 1999). Some analysts emphasize human agency in examining people‚Äôs construction of meanings about the world. Other analysts emphasize social structure, studying the restraints of social institutions, and cultural processes.”

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