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Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique

Sally Haslanger


Contemporary theorists use the term “social construction” with the aim of exposing how what's purportedly “natural” is often at least partly social and, more specifically, how this masking of the social is politically significant. The chapters in this book draw on insights from feminist and critical race theory to develop the idea that gender and race are positions within a structure of social relations. On this interpretation, the point of saying that gender and race are socially constructed is not to make a causal claim about the origins of our concepts of gender and race, or to take a stand ... More

Keywords: gender, race, social construction, social ontology, social critique, feminist theory, adoption, ideology, philosophical method, objectification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199892631
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sally Haslanger, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology