Constructing Reality

This is the landing page about the way reality is socially constructed. The page is under constant revision. Version @ 2021-10-05

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

As a launching point, I am influenced by the foundational work contained in The Social Construction of Reality by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann and the ideas of Social constructionism.

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

I emphasise language in social constructionism. I take a post-structuralist approach, viewing language as a point of conflict and potential social change.

Language is crucial in objectivation — when human activity acquires objectivity as a reality outside consciousness. The conceptual frameworks and categories from language provide a framework of meaning that allows this to happen.

Writing on Social Constructionism

This was published in another blog in approximately 2016/17.

A mid-2021 post about the government of the day’s messaging as Sri Lanka faces a COVID-19 and economic crisis.