- What is the reading about?
This chapter discusses social constructionism, critical constructionism, hegemony, social justice and global social justice. Basically, in the beginning of the chapter, it is illustrated of how people take ‘time’ for granted by assuming it is something that is natural but as a result, it is not natural, nor is it normal. We come across the theory of social constructionism which is based on the assumption that there is nothing natural or normal about the world we inhabit, and that social reality is created by individuals to represent their interests in a world that’s not necessarily of their making. This chapter also introduces the concept of critical constructionism which basically means that due to critical constructionism, we learn how to problematize, challenge, and disrupt embedded, naturalized and invisibilized oppressive social structures and practices such as patriarchy, sexism, racism, and heterosexist. Also, the term hegemony is brought to attention of being a process of control and domination. Hegemony is the perpetuation of social injustices. Basically hegemony is perceived as taking leadership and power over others. In addition readers understand the concepts of what is social justice and global social justice. Social justice is perceived by individuals of being something that is equally distributed amongst individuals living in a society and global social justice is basically a wider version of social justice.
- How do I FEEL about the reading I just finished?
I feel that this chapter really goes into depths about social justice and global justice and how to utilize critical and social constructionism. I do feel that other people, including myself take things such as ‘time’ for granted and that people interpret different meanings out of something that is completely different. The reason I feel that people do that is because individuals learn to perceive things in their way though their culture, background, ethnicity, and traditions.
- What do I THINK about the reading I just finished?
I think that its important to understand such concepts because it broadens ones thinking and understanding of our world and the society we live in. This chapter thoroughly explained the concepts and gave examples on how people utilize these concepts within their societies.
- What do I BELIEVE about the reading I just finished?
I believe that through the concept of critical constructionism, an individuals strives to learn how to problematize and challenge things. I do believe that you can adopt a critical approach to reality, thus the quote that people use today of “think critically”. Sometimes people believe what they perceive and is presented to them, even if what they see isn’t really true. By thinking critically, I believe your understanding goes more deep and you learn to interpret meanings differently. In short, “looks and things can be deceiving.”
- What do I KNOW about the reading I just finished?
I know that you shouldn’t take things for granted not even little things. Even small things have great impacts on ones life. Sometimes people take things like walking, for granted and if you look at those of the unfortunate, you realize and learn to appreciate things like walking. I also know that people can interpret mixed messages off of one meaning. To understand these concepts you have to further your understanding for instance, by thinking critically.