Social Constructionism

Authored by: Mariana Lazzaro-Salazar

The Routledge Handbook of Language in the Workplace

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138915855
eBook ISBN: 9781315690001
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Social constructionism provides a framework for theorizing workplace communication that highlights the vital role of language and social interactional processes in the construction of social meaning. It allows sociolinguists to investigate how language is used to perform social action in situated practice. To reflect upon the significance of social constructionism in workplace research, this chapter provides a brief review of its origins and main principles, and illustrates its main assumptions by drawing on data collected in public and private healthcare institutions in New Zealand. Finally, it discusses future inquiry in the study of healthcare communication from a social constructionist perspective.

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