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date: 18 November 2019

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The psychology of working is examined in relation to social constructionism. Social constructionism focuses on discourse, language, relationships, and culture; in this chapter, social constructionism is related to how the psychology of working might be constructed, not discovered or objectively determined, as a means of offering alternative perspectives to vocational psychology. This chapter reflects on social constructionism, its development and applicability to the psychology of working, epistemology, language and discourse, power/knowledge, the relational self, and narrative, and addresses common criticisms of social constructionism. Possible research directions utilizing social constructionism are provided.

Keywords: social constructionism, work, career, discourse, power

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