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Introduction Social construction of nature Real or (?) social construction
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Social construction STS Production of knowledge Emphasizes context, process Categories Social construction (constructivism) “Made up,” “invented” (therefore not “real” or significant?) STS scholars: no !
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Challenging taken-for-granted-ness Social production
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Social contexts and practices Haslanger: “Something is a social construction if it is an intended or unintended product of a social practice .”
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“Although these various items, be they objects, events, sets of individuals, etc. are very different sorts of things and are “constructed” in different ways, at this point there is no reason whatsoever to think they are anything less than fully real, and their reality is perfectly concrete, i.e., they don’t just exist ‘in our heads.’”
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