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The Construction of Human Kinds

Ron Mallon

Abstract

Social constructionist explanations of human kinds like race, gender, and homosexuality are commonplace in the social sciences and humanities, but what do they mean and what are their implications? The question is pressing in part because such putative constructs are among the most causally powerful kinds in the social sciences. Mallon’s book synthesizes a naturalistic account of the social construction of human kinds drawing on recent work in evolutionary, cognitive, and social psychology as well as social theory and the philosophy of science. Such a model makes clear that constructionist acc ... More

Keywords: social construction, human kinds, psychological essentialism, social roles, looping effects, race, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755678
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755678.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ron Mallon, author
Associate Professor & Director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University, Saint Louis