I put out another interview over at the Religious Studies Project this week. The interview was with Titus Hjelm on the subject of Social Constructionism, the topic of his recent book:
What is social constructionism, and how is it important to the study of religion? Titus Hjelm explains how approaches which see social realities as built from discourses challenge how we think about ontology, epistemology and power.
Are we to believe those mountains weren’t here before humans came to name them?! Mountains, dammit! They’re real and they’re mind-independent! (It’s at this point that the radical constructionists ask, “can you say that without discourse?” and then the realists really go apoplectic.)
It’s critical theorist versus critical theorist! The loser disappears in a puff of discourse!