With the impact of social interactionist and ethnographic methodology twenty-five years ago, the research agenda in social problems began to shift its focus, giving rise to the Social Constructionism movement. The present volume and the related shorter text, Constructionist Controversies, review the substantial contributions made by social constructionist theorists over that period, as well as recent debates about the future of the perspective. These contributions redefine the purpose and central questions of social problems theory and articulate a research program for analyzing social problems as social constructions. A generation of theorists has been trained in the constructionist perspective and has extended it through numerous analyses of diverse aspects of contemporary social life.The debates in this volume pose fundamental questions about the major assumptions of the perspective, the ways in which it is practiced, and the purposes of social problems theory. Their point of departure is Ibarra and Kitsuse's essay, cutting new theoretical ground in calling for ""investigating vernacular resources, especially rhetorical forms, in the social problems process.""Contributors are forceful proponents both within and outside of the social constructionist community, who take a broad array of positions on the current state of social problems theory and on the rhetorical forms that need exploring. They also lay down the general lines for diverse and often competing programs for the future development of the constructionist agenda.

part 1|2 pages

Debates Within Social Constructionism

part |84 pages

Revising the Constructionist Project

chapter 1|20 pages

Reconsidering Social Constructionism

Edited ByGale Miller, James A Holstein

part |62 pages

Constructionist Responses

chapter 4|14 pages

For a Cautious Naturalism

Edited ByJaber F. Gubrium

chapter 5|14 pages

“Members Only”: Reading the Constructionist Text

Edited ByJoseph W. Schneider

part |90 pages

Ethnomethodological Concerns

chapter 8|22 pages

Social Constructionism and Social Problems Work

Edited ByJames A Holstein, Gale Miller

chapter 9|26 pages

Social Problems and the Organization of Talk and Interaction

Edited ByCourtney L. Marlaire, Douglas W. Maynard

chapter 10|14 pages

The Reflexivity of Constructionism and the Construction of Reflexivity

Edited ByMelvin Pollner

chapter 11|26 pages

Do We Need a General Theory of Social Problems?

Edited ByDavid Bogen, Michael Lynch

part |12 pages


chapter 12|10 pages

Reconstituting the Constructionist Program

Edited ByJames A. Holstein, Gale Miller

part 2|2 pages

New Challenges to Social Constructionism

part |136 pages

Poststructuralist Challenges

part |50 pages

Representational Challenges

chapter 21|16 pages

Constructionism and Practices of Objectivity

Edited ByLawrence E. Hazelrigg

chapter 23|10 pages

How Come Prose? The Writing of Social Problems

Edited ByLaurel Richardson

part |16 pages


chapter 24|14 pages

Social Constructionism and Its Critics: Assessing Recent Challenges

Edited ByGale Miller, James A. Holstein