Social Constructionism

Social constructionism is a theory of knowledge in sociology and communication theory that examines the development of jointly-constructed understandings of the world that form the basis for shared assumptions about reality.

Some brilliant examples of social constructs are captured in this statement by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:

“I am Nigerian because a white man created Nigeria and gave me that identity. I am black because the white man constructed black to be as different as possible from his white.
But I was Igbo before the white man came.”

Points to note:
1. Nigeria: an institution created by colonialism 
2. Blackness: an idea that justified slavery abc racism in modern times

Among others, the job upon us includes the demystification of myths, exposing pseudoscience, and deconstructing social constructs; especially those that do not serve the progress and harmony of humanity.

This is purely an intellectual exercise which epitomises leadership in the 21st century, because we are where we are today because of the strongholds of these ideas.

By Clement Akran

Thinker and communicator of ideas.

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