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Social Construction: The “Debunking” Project

Sally Haslanger

in Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199892631
eISBN:
9780199980055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892631.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

In his book The Social Construction of What?, Ian Hacking offers a schema for understanding different social constructionist claims along with a framework for distinguishing kinds or degrees of ... More


Editors' Introduction

Simon Szreter, Hania Sholkamy, and A. Dharmalingam

in Categories and Contexts: Anthropological and Historical Studies in Critical Demography

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199270576
eISBN:
9780191600883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199270570.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, History of Economic Thought

The chapters in this section are introduced. They demonstrate the manifold ways in which the categories used for the scientific study of population problems have each been produced through historical ... More


Material Selves: Bodies, Memory, and Autobiographical Narrating

Sidonie A. Smith

in Narrative and Consciousness: Literature, Psychology and the Brain

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780195140057
eISBN:
9780199847402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140057.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

As historians like Frances A. Yates have been able to look into how memory may be conceptualized in the context of specific historical moments, we realize that a history can be attributed to memory, ... More


Where Does the Time Go? On the Past

David Couzens Hoy

in The Time of Our Lives: A Critical History of Temporality

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013048
eISBN:
9780262255226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013048.003.0029
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses the past and related concepts, such as memory and the conditions for memorialization. It is often thought that once an experience moves into the past, it is over, giving the ... More


Social Construction as Social Significance

Ásta

in Categories We Live By: The Construction of Sex, Gender, Race, and Other Social Categories

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190256791
eISBN:
9780190256821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190256791.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Various ways in which a category of people can be said to be socially constructed is discussed before a conception of social construction that can underwrite the project of offering a metaphysics of ... More


‘Imaginary Work’: Opportunity in Lucrece and in King Lear

Lorna Hutson

in Circumstantial Shakespeare

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199657100
eISBN:
9780191808692
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657100.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Drama

This chapter makes important distinctions between pre- and post-eighteenth-century uses of the terminology of ‘circumstances’, ‘proof’, and ‘probability’. It shows that prehistories of probability ... More


You Mixed?: Racial Identity without Racial Biology

Sally Haslanger

in Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199892631
eISBN:
9780199980055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892631.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy

If racial categories are to be understood as positions in a social structure (as was argued in Chapter 7), then in principle one can be raced without incorporating that fact into one's ... More


Epilogue

Aitor Anduaga

in Geophysics, Realism, and Industry: How Commercial Interests Shaped Geophysical Conceptions, 1900–1960

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198755159
eISBN:
9780191816529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755159.003.0006
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

What do the histories of the ionosphere and the Earth’s crust have in common? Ionospheric physics and crustal seismology have parallels and dissimilarities. The epilogue explores these points of ... More


The Social Construction of Nature

Steven Vogel

in Thinking like a Mall: Environmental Philosophy after the End of Nature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780262029100
eISBN:
9780262326988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029100.003.0002
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

To show something to be “socially constructed” is to show it not to be natural; in this sense there’s something paradoxical in the thesis that nature is itself socially constructed. The thesis might ... More


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