Social Constructionist Psychology and its Application. Possibilities for a Reorientation


  • Johannes von Tiling Universität Kassel



social constructionism, cultural psychology, critical realism, narrative therapy, applied psychology


Social constructionism currently is understood as a metatheoretical alternative to positivism. It serves many social and cultural scientists as a point of reference. The possibilities to understand it as a psychological program of research that leaves space for agency and subjectivity usually are neglected. Promoting a dialogue with mainstream psychology constitutes one way of fostering social constructionist psychology. In addition, a theoretically productive conception of social constructionist psychology cannot do without reference to cultural psychology. An important advantage of such a conception lies in the increased number of possibilities for practical applications in hospitals, schools and factories. Whereas present applications of social constructionism tend to promote the postmodernization and individualization of the client, applied social constructionist psychology avoids these concomitant effects. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0801446


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Author Biography

Johannes von Tiling, Universität Kassel

Johannes VON TILING, Diplom-Psychologe, ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Psychologie der Universität Kassel. Seine Forschungsinteressen liegen in der Emotions-, Motivations- und Pädagogischen Psychologie sowie in Kulturpsychologie und Sozialem Konstruktionismus.



How to Cite

Tiling, J. von. (2008). Social Constructionist Psychology and its Application. Possibilities for a Reorientation. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(1).