What is a social construct?
Well, it is exactly as it sounds. It is something that is not inherently natural, but created by society. It is an extremely important concept in the social sciences because without them, society would not be the same. The constructs very much shape our lives. But we also shape them. If the existing society changed, new constructs would develop and old ones may weaken. Different societies have different constructs; what is the "norm" here may clash with what is the "norm" in another country.
If government wasn't a social construct, there wouldn't be so many differing opinions on what is the "best type of government".
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"Race is not biological...There is no gene or cluster of genes common to all blacks or all whites. Were race “real” in the genetic sense, racial classifications for individuals would remain constant across boundaries."
Gender is not inherent. Genders are the socially constructed roles, behaviors, etc. that society considers appropriate for "men" and "women".
Society tells us what is feminine/ masculine and how it can be displayed. The values tied to masculinity have been generally seen as superior to those associated with femininity.
Societies diagnosis differently, and treat the patients differently. Therefore, the concept of illness is constructed. If it wasn't there wouldn't be as much of a variety of treatments for the "same illness".
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The concept of marriage is not universal. Some versions are more inclusive than others.
The stereotypical family dynamic varies from culture to culture; there is no inherent family structure.
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8. Organized Religions
Among other things, organized religion was created by humans as a way of connecting to each other.
The importance and impact of technology isn't the same for every society. Some heavily rely on it, while some oppose it.
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Deviant behavior is extremely relative. One society may consider something to be wrong or different, while another may not.
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The process of learning is socially constructed. There is no universal outline for education. The values of society play into the "education experience".
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