The Communicative Construction of Reality

1st Edition

Hubert Knoblauch

December 16, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 368 Pages - 8 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138364653 - CAT# K396668
Series: Knowledge, Communication and Society

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This volume advocates a shift from the social constructivism found in the work of Thomas Luckmann and Peter Berger, to a communicative constructivism that acknowledges communication as an embodied form of action in its own right, according to which social actors, in engaging in communicative action, construct a material social reality that guides, delimits and enables actions. A study of the importance of understanding the role of communication in an age in which digitisation and mediatisation have extended the reach of communication to a global level and brought about the emergence of the communication society, The Communicative Construction of Reality shows how the communication society does not merely replace modern society and its hierarchical institutions, but complements it in a manner that continually results in conflicts. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology with interests in the sociology of knowledge, communication and social theory.

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