The American Sociologist

, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 220–227 | Cite as

The Bumblebee Flies Anyway: the Success of Contextual Constructionism

  • Joel BestEmail author


Although Spector and Kitsuse’s Constructing Social Problems (CSP) is often credited with launching constructionist theory, this obscures the contributions of other sociologists pursuing parallel lines of research. CSP’s advocacy of a strict constructionist position has largely been ignored by constructionist researchers. Although some conflist-oriented socioogists argue that it is time to move beyond constructionism, it remains the best-developed theory of social problems. At the same time, it is necessary to develop the theory in new directions, particularly by synthesizing case studies.


Constructing social problems Contextual constructionism John I. Kitsuse Social constructionism Social problem Strict constructionism 


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  1. 1.University of DelawareNewarkUSA

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