Essentialism, Social Constructionism, and beyond

@article{Sayer1997EssentialismSC,
  title={Essentialism, Social Constructionism, and beyond},
  author={Andrew Sayer},
  journal={The Sociological Review},
  year={1997},
  volume={45},
  pages={453 - 487}
}
  • A. Sayer
  • Published 1 August 1997
  • Philosophy
  • The Sociological Review
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