Sociological Perspectives

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Introduction The purpose of this paper is to explore the sociological perspectives of critical realism and social construction in the context of deviance and difference with the intent to demonstrate how these sociological contexts may be illustrated through the controversial issue of the sexualisation of pre-teen females. In the following sections I will show what it means for something to be socially constructed with reference to the sexualisation of pre-teen females, and will also make the distinctions between the debate for ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ social constructionism. I will furthermore, continue to define the concept of critical realism and its nuances of ‘right’ and ‘left’ critical realism in relevance to the issue at hand. My final intend…show more content…
In saying this, according to the social constructionist theory our experiences are products of human inter-subjectivity that are dependent on the human subjectivity. Part of the social constructionist theory is the components of social constructs, social reality and artifacts. Haslanger (2012) describes social constructs or ‘constructed objects’ as the things that would not exist outside of the social behaviour and actions of humans and are central components of how humans function in the social universe, because within the framework of human subjective understanding they are meaningful. The social universe, more commonly known as ‘social…show more content…
The social constructs of femininity and masculinity are being increasingly inflated, as a result of the contribution of other constructs such as gender, class, and race. In turn, these artifacts influence these social constructs created a manipulated view of our social reality where expectations of pre-teen females are portrayed as the ‘right’ sexual attributes and attitudes, in order to submit to the patriarchal roles for acceptance in society (Papadopoulos,

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