Social Construction of Nature Quiz

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What is the theory of social construction?

According to the Thomas Theorem, what is the significance of situations perceived as real?

How are wilderness and nature generally constructed in society?

What is the focus of a constructivist's examination?

What is social constructivism?

What is the main concern about the practices and findings of science according to social constructivists?

What is the role of the formal establishment in science?

What is relativism in the context of constructivism?

What is the Constructivist Paradox?

What is the alternative concept to constructivism in a material world?

What are the multiple meanings of nature?

How is our understanding of nature often separate from humans?

On what is the understanding of 'natural' properties dependent?

How can 'nature' and 'natural properties' be socially constructed?

What are examples of socially constructed concepts like race leading to historical implications?

What was the European construction of the New World's nature used to justify?

What can materially change the world and is supported by powerful institutions and people?

What shapes environmental discourse and is often forgotten in its origins?

What discrepancy has the discourse of North African desertification led to?

What cultural context is the concept of wilderness specific to, and how has it been applied?

What may the focus on 'wilderness' divert attention from?

What does the text raise questions about regarding the role of science?


Understanding the Social Construction of Nature

  • Nature has multiple meanings, including essential quality, inherent force, and the material world itself.
  • Our understanding of nature is often separate from humans, but the concept is closely related and overlaps with human presence.
  • The understanding of "natural" properties is dependent on social context, including cultural, economic, and governance systems.
  • "Nature" and "natural properties" are part of social reality and can be socially constructed, as seen in the construction of the concept of race.
  • Concepts like race can be socially constructed as natural, leading to historical examples of domination and colonialism.
  • The social construction of "New World" natures involved Europeans constructing the image of the New World as pristine and undeveloped to justify displacing its inhabitants.
  • Discourse, including narrative, concept, ideology, and signifying practices, can materially change the world and is supported by powerful institutions and people.
  • Environmental discourse is shaped by powerful institutions and people, and the origins of its elements are often forgotten.
  • The discourse of North African desertification has led to a discrepancy between historical documentation and environmental studies, raising questions about interests and information.
  • The concept of wilderness is specific to Western European cultures and has been applied to places inhabited by people with displacement and violence.
  • The focus on "wilderness" may divert attention from other valuable natural areas or conditions.
  • The limits of constructivism raise questions about the role of science in understanding the social construction of nature.


Test your knowledge of the social construction of nature with this quiz covering concepts like 'natural' properties, environmental discourse, and the concept of wilderness.

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