How does HE believe that the social construction of reality relates to culture, social institutions, and social psychology?
Yes… this is for one of my college finals :)
The map is not the territory.
Oh, and it’s nice to see someone else from Philly on here. Hello!
@manweiser13, In every way possible, each one of those aspects are relative to socially constructed reality. But since it’s for college i’ll expand, a bit.
Culture: Culture is born mainly out of our ethnic or cultural identity, but what is that? It is also a social construction. Ask anyone what it means to be Irish/American/Indonesian. You will not get the same answer from everybody. Cultural identity evolves and what it might mean to be Irish now will be different in a hundred years and was different a hundred years ago. Culture will always be based on the current social construction of cultural identity.
Social psychology: people’s attitudes towards everything are based on social constructions, for example, religion. Very few people in the world follow religions they were not born into or are not the main religion of their country. Religion is probably the largest social construction, as it’s rules and traditions are completely man made ( not talking bout god just religion). Anyway everyone’s views and opinions are influenced by religion, even if you don’t follow a particular one, the majority of people do. It is a major aspect of modern and, even more so, historical life
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and read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructivist_epistemology
@facets, Reality is elected democratically because even though reality is, and will always be, somewhat subjective, it leaves the entire thing subjective (the objectivity influences reality, but does not determine it, so we still live in very different worlds than each each other). What people assume, they make real by way of self-fulfilling prophecies. If we act as if colors are real, they are. If we act as if souls exist, then they do (for all intents and purposes). I say democratically because even though we can choose any norm, for example, we choose specific norms, and that’s the way it goes. Reality can exist in many ways (souls existing vs not existing, for example) and so it is the public that creates it.