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    Behavior Analysis and Social Constructionism: Some Points of Contact and Departure

    Roche, Bryan and Barnes-Holmes, Dermot (2003) Behavior Analysis and Social Constructionism: Some Points of Contact and Departure. Behavior Analyst, 26 (2). pp. 215-231. ISSN 2520-8969

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    Social constructionists occasionally single out behavior analysis as the field of psychology that most closely resembles the natural sciences in its commitment to empiricism, and accuses it of suffering from many of the limitations to science identified by the postmodernist movement (e.g., K. J. Gergen, 1985a; Soyland, 1994). Indeed, behavior analysis is a natural science in many respects. However, it also shares with social constructionism important epistemological features such as a rejection of mentalism, a functional-analytic approach to language, the use of interpretive methodologies, and a reflexive stance on analysis. The current paper outlines briefly the key tenets of the behavior-analytic and social constructionist perspectives before examining a number of commonalties between these approaches. The paper aims to show that far from being a nemesis to social constructionism, behavior analysis may in fact be its close ally.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Roche, B. & Barnes-Holmes, D. BEHAV ANALYST (2003) 26: 215.
    Keywords: contextualism; social constructionism; behavioral hermeneutics; behavior analysis; discursive psychology; postmodernism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10663
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    Depositing User: Dr. Bryan Roche
    Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 14:15
    Journal or Publication Title: Behavior Analyst
    Publisher: Springer International Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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