Judith Lorber Social Construction

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Social construction is a social mechanism that is categorized and created by society. This can often be of an individual, group, or idea that is perceived than constructed through social practices within society. Some examples of social constructs could be gender, race, class, ability, and sexuality because they are shaped by cultural and historical contexts. Social construction is important in women studies because these constructs that we have learned to accept and believe are challenged greatly in women studies. For example, in The Social Construction of Gender by Judith Lorber, Lorber argues that gender is something that is created by society. From birth, we are assigned a gender, and then through social practices, we learn how to “do gender”.

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