The social construction of what explores the significance of the idea of social construction not simply in science but also in other arenas hackings arguments are important kenan malik the independent the commonplace idea of science as the construction of models caught fire in the 1970s. Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what precisely is being constructed facts gender quarks reality ian hackings book explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality especially troublesome in this dispute is the status of the natural sciences and this is where hacking finds some of . I know social construction is supposed to be the great bogeyman of the sciences but as someone who received a strong science education as well as a strong humanities education i cant help but appreciate both the arguments for and against social construction and i also cant help but pound my fists at the way the two sides of the debate cant seem to understand each other. The social construction of what is a collection of papers not a systematic treatment but it hangs together daniel johnson the new york times book review given the vitriol on both sides of the science wars hacking serves a valuable function by explaining in language as clear as it is . Lost in the raging debate over the validity of social construction is the question of what precisely is being constructed facts gender quarks reality is it a person an object an idea a theory each entails a different notion of social construction ian hacking reminds us his book explores an array of examples to reveal the deep issues underlying contentious accounts of reality
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