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Rethinking the concept of social construction from a complexity perspective

Rethinking the concept of social construction from a complexity perspective

Smith, John, A. and Hafez, Rania (2017) Rethinking the concept of social construction from a complexity perspective. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Comparative Studies, 4 (1-3). pp. 6-22. ISSN 2059-4976 (Print), 2059-4984 (Online)

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Abstract

This paper is an explicitly interdisciplinary critique of the limits of the concept of social construction and the analytic implications of breaking those limits. The proposition rests on the rejection of social phenomena as sui generic, in Durkheim’s sense and the proposition that they are ecologically emergent outcomes of complex, multi-dimensional processes. The consequence is an epistemic commitment to Fuzzy Logic, deep ecology, a more biosemiotic approach to human understanding, including the prioritisation of survival and the emotions. It draws on Complexity Theory, Biosemiotics, Affect Theory, and a more biologically and emotionally rooted concept of the social.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biosemiotics, hedonic and agonic solidarity, path-dependency, systems far-from-equilibrium.
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 16:14
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19132

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