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Mats Heide

communicative organizations, internal communication & internal crisis communication

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On Berger : If Peter Berger were doing public relations - A social constructionist perspective on crisis communication

Författare

  • Mats Heide

Editor

  • Øyvind Ihlen
  • Magnus Fredriksson

Summary, in English

In this chapter I propose a social constructionist perspective on public relations, and will particularly focus on crisis communication as an important sub-field, with inspiration from the American sociologist Peter L. Berger. Berger is most well-known for the book The Social Construction of Reality (1966), co-authored with the German sociologist Thomas Luckmann. This book has had a fundamental impact on the development of social sciences, and introduced an alternative understanding of how knowledge, and especially knowledge of everyday reality, is constructed in social interactions and is part of the interplay between the individual and society. Berger and Luckmann introduced the term “social construction” in social science, which stands in contrast to the positivistic belief in one objective, “real” reality “out there” that is possible to measure and describe with scientific methods. Instead, it is argued that people’s understanding of the reality influences their behavior and knowledge. This idea goes back to the American sociologist William Isaac Thomas who in 1928 formulated a fundamental principle of sociology - the Thomas theorem: “if men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences” (Merton, 1995, p. 380). Hence, there are several and, often, competing realities socially constructed by humans.

Avdelning/ar

  • Institutionen för strategisk kommunikation

Publiceringsår

2018-01-01

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

215-232

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Public Relations and Social Theory : Key Figures, Concepts and Developments

Dokumenttyp

Del av eller Kapitel i bok

Förlag

Routledge

Ämne

  • Communication Studies

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISBN: 9781138281295
  • ISBN: 9781351984461