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Handbook of Constructionist Research


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Introduction 1. The Constructionist Mosaic, Jaber F. Gubrium and James A. Holstein I. Foundations and Historical Context2. The Philosophical Foundations of Constructionist Research, Darin Weinberg3. Historical Development and Defining Issues of Constructionist Inquiry, Joel BestII. Constructionism across the Disciplines 4. Constructionism in Anthropology, James D. Faubion and George E. Marcus5. Social Constructionist Perspectives in Communication Research, Elissa Foster and Arthur P. Bochner6. Educational Constructionisms, Stanton Wortham and Kara Jackson7. Social Constructionism in Management and Organization Studies, Dalvir Samra-Fredericks8. Critical Constructionism in Nursing Research, Joanna Latimer9. Social Construction and Psychological Inquiry, Kenneth J. Gergen and Mary M. Gergen10. Social Constructions in the Study of Public Policy, Anne L. Schneider and Helen Ingram11. Social Constructionism in Science and Technology Studies, Sal Restivo and Jennifer Croissant12. Constructionism in Sociology, Scott R. HarrisIII. The Scope of Constructionist Inquiry13. Foucauldian Constructionism, Leslie Miller14. Discursive Constructionism, Jonathan Potter and Alexa Hepburn15. Narrative Constructionist Inquiry, Andrew C. Sparkes and Brett Smith16. Interactional Constructionism, Amir Marvasti17. Claimsmaking, Culture, and the Media in the Social Construction Process, Kathleen S. Lowney18. Strict and Contextual Constructionism in the Sociology of Deviance and Social Problems, Peter R. IbarraIV. Strategies and Techniques19. Constructionist Impulses in Ethnographic Fieldwork, James A. Holstein and Jaber F. Gubrium 20. Constructionism and the Grounded Theory Method, Kathy Charmaz21. Constructionism and Discourse Analysis, Pirjo Nikander22. A Social Constructionist Framing of the Research Interview, Mirka Koro-Ljungberg23. Autoethnography as Constructionist Project, Laura L. Ellingson and Carolyn Ellis24. Documents, Texts, and Archives in Constructionist Research, Annulla LindersV. The Social Construction of What? 25. The Constructed Body, Bryan S. Turner26. The Social Construction of Emotion, Donileen R. Loseke and Margarethe Kusenbach27. Constructing Gender: The Dancer and the Dance, Judith Lorber28. The Construction of Sex and Sexualities, Sara L. Crawley and K. L. Broad29. The Diverse Construction of Race and Ethnicity, Mitch Berbrier30. Constructions of Medical Knowledge, Paul Atkinson and Maggie Gregory31. Constructing Therapy and Its Outcomes, Gale Miller and Tom Strong32. Constructionist Themes in the Historiography of the Nation, Bo StrathVI. Continuing Challenges 33. The Reality of Social Constructions, Stephen Pfohl34. Can Constructionism Be Critical?, Dian Marie Hosking35. Feminism and Constructionism, Barbara L. Marshall36. Institutional Ethnography and Constructionism, Liza McCoy37. Ethnomethodology as a Provocation to Constructionism, Michael Lynch38. Saving Social Construction: Contributions from Cultural Studies, Joseph Schneider39. Writing Culture, Holism, and the Partialities of Ethnographic Inquiry, Vered Amit40. Constructionist Research and Globalization, Pertti Alasuutari

About the Author

James A. Holstein (PhD, University of Michigan) is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. His research and publications have addressed social problems, deviance and social control, family, and the self--all approached from an ethnomethodologically informed, constructionist perspective. Jaber F. Gubrium (PhD, Wayne State University) is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has had a long-standing program of research on the social organization of care in human services institutions and pioneered in the reconceptualization of qualitative methods and the development of narrative analysis. Dr. Gubrium has published widely on aging, the life course, medicalization, and representational practice in therapeutic context. As collaborators for 20 years, Drs. Holstein and Gubrium have developed a distinctive constructionist approach to everyday life in a variety of coauthored and coedited projects.


'Remarkably, the editors have resisted the temptation to sacrifice depth for scope; instead, they cover immense empirical and theoretical territory in a sophisticated yet accessible way. This is a 'must have' resource for students and scholars committed to understanding what social realities are constructed, how they come into being, and the consequences for understanding and ameliorating social problems.' - "Valerie Jenness, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, and Department of Sociology, University of California, USA" 'Holstein and Gubrium have edited one of the most exciting and innovative research "Handbooks" of the last decade... The more than 50 contributors include an impressive, international cohort of writers from multiple disciplines. Of particular interest to applied psychology are excellent chapters on interviewing, psychological inquiry, therapy, emotion, the body, and the philosophical and historical foundations of constructionist inquiry. ' -" Paul M. Camic, Research Director, Clinical Psychology Program, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK " 'The time is ripe for this "Handbook", and Holstein and Gubrium - foundational voices in constructionist discourse -are the persons to do it. The field has matured and come of age, surviving four decades of conflict and controversy. Its future is exciting and promising. This "Handbook" takes the constructionist mosaic into a new century.' - "Norman K. Denzin, College of Communications Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, USA" 'Amid a plethora of "Handbooks", this one stands out... From Strauss, Foucault, and Berger and Luckmann to what is on the horizon, from ethnomethodology to cultural studies, across issues of agency and determinism, typologies, traditions, and new imaginaries, I got a taste of the future in this collection, which should stand the test of serving as a resource for quite some time to come.' - "Patti Lather, author of Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science" 'It would be difficult to imagine a more complete compendium on the state of constructionism at this time... For those committed to the constructionist approach to phenomenological research, there is no better guide to the many practices and theoretical avenues from which to choose, nor could anyone find a better set of discussions of how social constructionist/constructivist philosophies might be utilized with differing methodological strategies and texts.' - "Yvonna S. Lincoln, College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University, USA" 'I am truly excited by this book. It offers the first comprehensive review of constructionist research across the social sciences, dealing with the myriad theoretical, methodological, and substantive issues associated with constructionist perspectives. Holstein and Gubrium are to be congratulated for producing this superb, brilliantly organized volume, which brings together leading scholars on the cutting edge of relevant debates, who write with forcefulness and lucidity. This "Handbook" is essential reading for qualitative researchers, from beginners to specialists.' - "David Silverman, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, and Department of Management, King's College, University of London, UK" 'Although this book offers an outstanding overview of how constructionist research is conducted across the social sciences and applied fields, it achieves something even more substantial. It challenges both professor and student to question the very foundations of their theoretical claims and scientific practices. The work presented in these pages is provocative, creative, and rich in interpretive and social analysis. This handbook is ideal for seminar discussion and should be on the shelf of every researcher who aspires to apply a constructionist lens to his or her field of study.' -" Jefferson A. Singer, Department of Psychology, Connecticut College, USA"

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