We Build our World
Specifically, the theory of social constructionism supposes that the social world is constructed by the participants, rather than having it imposed on them. The central object of this theory is the social construct, which simply put is a social fact or structure that has been constructed by the participants, and is not inherent in nature. From the perspective of sociology, education, religion, marriage, and gender (not to be confused with sex) are all examples of social constructs.
A good example of a social construct is gender. While sex is based on genetic traits and refers to male or female, gender is a reference to the traits of masculinity and femininity. The traits associated with masculinity and femininity are subject to change from time to time, such as with the role of women in the home.
- American Sociological Association
- Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association
- International Sociological Association