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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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LANGUAGE, NARRATIVE, AND SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONISM

Social constructionism recognizes language as a core process. It is the vehicle through which we communicate with others and ourselves. Of particular interest are how people use language in everyday interactions, how they build accounts of events, and how they use language when performing functions (Burr, 2003). Words are by-products of social relationships and do not exist independent of the people who use them (McNamee & Gergen, 1999; Anderson, 1997).

Social constructionism sees language as

Central to the human experience. Language is what distinguishes us from other species. Other animals communicate through scent, sound, and body posture, but they are incapable of using language as humans do. ...

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