(Fwd) Re: Social Constructionism

Chris Evans (C.Evans@sghms.ac.uk)
Wed, 3 Jun 1998 10:01:05 +0100

and another!


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From: "Jones, Helen" <JONESH@pulse.york.ac.uk>
To: pcp-request <pcp-request@mailbase.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: Social Constructionism
Date sent: Tue, 02 Jun 98 19:24:00 PDT

I would recommend - in answer to question two - Peggy Dalton and Gavin
Dunnett's book "A Psychology for Living". It is an excellent
introduction toPCP and practitioners need to use the concepts contained
within it to their own practice. Currently it is out of print but I
believe EPCA is about to reprint (European Personal Construct Association)
- or you could contact Peggy personally. Contact me and I will give you
her address and telephone number.
From: pcp-request
To: pcp
Subject: Re: Social Constructionism
Date: 02 June 1998 18:09

Dear Robin,

>Question 1.
>Are Personal Construct Psychology and Social Constructionism
>incompatible points of view? I find myself beginning to place a foot in
>each camp. I see some specific areas of incompatibility but a number of
>areas of congruence. In your opinion(s) can a person comfortably
>subscribe to both PCP and Social Constructionism simultaneously?

There have been some good papers on this issue in the Journal of
Constructivist Psychology, as well as papers given at the Barcelona
Mike Mascolo is seeking to build bridges (Mascolo 1994; Mascolo & Dalto
1995), and the entire issue of the Journal for 1997, vol 10 no 1 was
devoted to "frontier" issues, see e.g. John Shotter's paper ; Luis Botella
(1995) is also interesting and has some further pertinent references

>Question 2.
>I run a Stage 3 degree course on Organisational Behaviour. There are
>numerous available textbooks, all portraying discourses that I don't
>feel particularly endeared to. Does anyone know of a textbook suitable
>for Stage 3 degree level Organisational Behaviour that takes a
>constructivist / constuctionist perspective (provided the two
>perspectives are compatible)? We claim, here, to provide an applied
>focus to our degree programme rather than strictly academic. In my
>course however, a major component involves challenging mindsets, and
>awareness of constructive alternativism in problem solving etc. In other
>words its a course on alternative ways to think when working in
>organisations rather than a course on how to do.

Tricky. Stewart & Stewart's _Business Aplications of Repertory Grid_ has,
I see, already been offered you; my own chapter in Neimeyer & Neimeyer's
_Advances in PCP_ vol 1 reviews largely Personnel & HRM uses up to the
early 1990s but isn't exactly what you're after. If you find out, let me
know: or better still, why don't we do basic text together?!

On the other hand, if you're more interested in teaching ressearch method
rather than general OB, and if you were to present the theme in the
context of the methodology of managerial / organizational knowledge, then
Arbnor & Bjerke 1997 are _excellent_, comparing as they do positivist,
systems, and constructivist epistemologies. But we _are_ talking mature
students or at least a final year undergraduate audience here.

Kind regards,


PS I mean it about D-I-Y: how about it?

Arbnor I. & Bjerke B. (1997) _Methodology for Creating Business
Knowledge_ London: Sage.
Botella L. & Gallifa J. (1995) "A constructivist approach to the
development of personal epistemic assumptions and worldviews" Journal of
Constructivist Psychology 8, 1, 1-18. Mascolo M. (1994) "Toward a social
constructivist psychology: the case of self-evaluative emotional
development" Journal of Constructivist Psychology 7, 2, 87-106. Mascolo M.
& Dalto C.A. "Self and modernity on trial: a reply to Gergen's 'Saturated
Self' " Journal of Constructivist Psychology 1995, 8, 3, 175-192.
Chris Evans, Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy,
Locum Consultant to the
Prudence Skynner Family Therapy Clinic,
St. George's Hospital Medical School, London University
C.Evans@sghms.ac.uk http://psyctc.sghms.ac.uk/