Psychological Studies

, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 108–116 | Cite as

The Self as Social Construction

  • Kenneth J. Gergen
Original Article


The paper begins with the articulation of key assumptions central to contemporary constructionist scholarship. This is followed by an analysis of the issues in the social construction of the self. To this end several major lines of inquiry along with their socio-political implications are brought into focus. Finally, an alternative to traditional conceptions of self, one that emerges distinctly from social constructionist theory is presented.


Culture Community Individualism Language Relational Self Social construction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologySwarthmore CollegeSwarthmoreUSA

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