The Social Construction Of Reality

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Peter Berger’s and Thomas Luckmann’s novel, “The Social Construction of Reality”, explains the theory of how we, as humans, present ourselves to other people mainly from our interactions with others and our personal life experiences. The novel explains how the way we were raised or brought up and what we were raised to believe, affects how we present ourselves, how we view others, and how others view us. It also explains the idea that as humans, our perceptions of reality are influenced by our beliefs and backgrounds. Berger and Luckmann explains the theory of the social construction of reality is the idea of the process of socialization itself; it is in our socialization process that we learn what is viewed as real and valuable or…show more content…
From experience, I can remember numerous times when my parents would tell me not to do certain things and when I questioned them why I cannot do it, their response is “Because I said so.” One may argue that just because a person said that things must be done a certain way and it has been done that way for years, does not make it necessarily right. Nancy Fraser’s and Linda Gordon’s article, “A Genealogy of Dependency…”, describes the debates about poverty and inequality in the U.S. and how it is currently being claimed as welfare dependency. The article describes how public assistance has become associated with dependency. Fraser wanted to analyze the term “dependency” and how it is used in US politics. She explains the four different registers to analyze dependency: (1) economic dependency where the person depends on institution for survival, (2) sociolegal status dependency where one depends on another for legal status, political dependency, the government, and (4) moral/psychological dependency, symbolizing one’s emotional need. Fraser argues that welfare dependency is viewed as an individual, particularly, a black woman or teenager, who is living in poverty with child care responsibilities she argues that the term dependency is viewed as an individual issue rather than a social issue. One may argue that the idea of welfare dependency is
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