The Social Construction of Meaning

@article{Maines2000TheSC,
  title={The Social Construction of Meaning},
  author={David R. Maines},
  journal={Contemporary Sociology},
  year={2000},
  volume={29},
  pages={577}
}
  • D. R. Maines
  • Published 1 July 2000
  • Sociology
  • Contemporary Sociology
What is commonly called the "social construction of meaning" is one expression of sociology's increasing maturity. It is an area that cuts to the very heart of the sociological enterprise by challenging vulgar essentialisms and models of human group life based on reified constructs that are inconsistent with what we know about the human species. The first major challenge was largely completed by the 1930s, when instinct theory as a form of biological essentialism was replaced with a wholly… 
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