Version @ 2021-09-06
This is a landing page about the way reality is socially constructed. The page is under constant revision;
Reality as a social construct is a key part of my views on politics and communications.
A social construct or construction is the meaning, notion, or connotation placed on an object or event by a society, and adopted by the inhabitants of that society with respect to how they view or deal with the object or event. In that respect, a social construct as an idea would be widely accepted as natural by the society.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_constructionism#Definition
To summarise Berger’s and Luckmann’s ideas:
Human activity represents externalization of human subjectivity, which is rendered into objective reality through institutionalization. Objective reality, in turn, is internalized by means of socialization; it is transformed again into subjective reality. The social world, seen in this way, is a product of man, while man himself is a product of the social world. In a word, man produces both society and himself.https://archives.bukkyo-u.ac.jp/rp-contents/SR/0025/SR00250L031.pdf
Specifically, I am interested in the role language plays in social constructionism.
Language is crucial in objectivation — when a concept or abstraction is converted into an object.
A special but crucially important case of objectivation is signification, that is, the human production of signs. A sign may be distinguished from other objectivations by its explicit intention to serve as an index of subjective meanings
Language, which may be defined here as a system of vocal signs, is the most important sign system of human society.
Writing on Social Constructionism
This was published in another blog in approximately 2016/17 and prior to my being aware of social constructionism as a formal concept.
A mid-2021 post about how the government of the day’s messaging as Sri Lanka faces a COVID-19 and economic crisis.