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Social Construction What is social construction? According to the video narrated by Ph.D. holders Gwen Sharp and Lisa Wade (2008 September 16), “social construction refers to the way we create meaning through social interaction with others” (0:26/10:36). In other words, the women state that when we as a culture agree collectively on the meaning of something, once the meaning is adopted it may be difficult to change. While it may not be inherently a natural thing, society created it. Social construction can refer to gestures, language, food, color, language, and people. These concepts in United States may present different meaning in other countries or between different cultures in this society. Here are a few found that I wouldn’t have associated social construction, however, they do make sense: Government - If government wasn't a social construct, there wouldn't be so many differing opinions on what is the “best type of government.” Race - Race is not biological...There is no gene or cluster of genes common to all blacks or all whites. Were race “real” in the genetic sense, racial classifications for individuals would remain

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