The Institute for Emancipatory Constructionism
A Synopsis of Emancipatory Constructionism

 The objective of Emancipatory Constructionism™ – the institute's transdisciplinary new (or postmodern) critical social theory (a variety of neo-Marxism or cultural Marxism) – is emancipatory structurization. Specifically, social constructions, whether emancipatory or dominative, are the naming, classifying, or categorizing of tropes (the attributes of individual actors and other particularities) into structurizations, such as social structures (sets of rules), groups (from small groups to societies), and ways of life (cultures, subcultures, and countercultures).

 The “postisms” (postmodernism, poststructuralism, etc.) are only mind games and speculations. All that matters, from a sociological perspective, is a recognition of constructedness (names) or, as expressed by Harold Garfinkel, “rules.” Whoever has the exclusive power to construct “reality” oppresses those who do not have that power.

 More precisely, concerning the various classes and instances of social phenomena, whereas social constructions are the generative processes of formation, structurizations are their byproducts. The structurizations which have consistently been advocated by The Institute for Emancipatory Constructionism would be typified by a radically inclusivity. This increasingly used term may be defined as the incorporation of individuals who are frequently "othered" – which is to say, marginalized or excluded – into a broad spectrum of interactive lifeworlds (German, Lebenswelten).

 Furthermore, Emancipatory Constructionism, beginning with an examination of the conditions of domination, is intentionally value laden, not value free. Its methodology is a conscious engagement in praxis, a public sociology perhaps, in transforming dominative structurizations into emancipatory ones. Situationally, dominative structurizations may be accepted, with or without utility, from oppressors. Nonetheless, through concerted action and collective struggle, as a radical praxis (emancipatory action) and a critical pedagogy (emancipatory education), they may sometimes be deconstructed (in practical terms, denamed), revealing their dialectical contradictions, and reconstructed (renamed) into emancipatory structurizations.

 This neo-Marxian paradigm draws from three nominalist-cum-particularist rubrics. First, out of medieval nominalism comes a discourse on universals as mere names. Second, Marxian with Lockean, trope, and other modern nominalisms are employed. Finally, social constructionism with cultural sociology, postmodernism, poststructuralism, critical pragmatism, and other postisms are utilized to express an incredulity toward, and to oppose the dominations of, essentialisms, foundationalisms, and metanarratives.

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