Social Construction

1306 WordsJun 6, 20136 Pages
Social Contructionism In chapter 2 of Surette, Social constructionism is a sociological theory of knowledge that consist how social objects of consciousness work in social contexts. There is often a debate about whether something is "real" or if it’s "merely" a social construct. For instance, If you believe social constructions aren't real, then please take out all the bills in your wallet and pass them up to me. Money is an example of a social construction that plays an extremely important role in our everyday lives. All those paper bills and coins are "just" paper and metal, and all that money in your bank account is "just" some numbers in a computer. Think about that for a moment. You may ruin the economy construction, which is…show more content…
Also, food is constructed when it is categorized by culture. In society, food is constructed by your culture. If you were not from America and wasn’t familiar with the food that is called social construction because there should be a large variety of choice of food to eat from. However, America itself has gotten better with diversity and foods. Allowing citizens to explore and try other foods in different cultures. Gestures are socially constructed all the time. There is a meaning for a lot of gestures and there is a different meaning also. For example, In different cultures “thumbs up” may not necessarily mean doing good as it means to us. Therefore, gesture meanings mean different meanings to everybody; to avoid conflict it’s best to know your surroundings before making any social gestures. Gestures are actions that created by a group of people and they are given a meaning. Most people in a society can agree on what a gesture means. However in a different part of the world that particular gesture that is well known in one country for the example the thumbs up gesture may have a completely different meaning in another part of the world, or even no meaning whatsoever. The most important social construction is people. People create categories and ideas about how these people in those categories act. However, society assumes that women are more into shopping then men are. These are called stereotypes which cause discrimination and racism. Social
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