Onko "todellisuus" todella? Realismi ja konstruktionismi ympäristösosiologiassa

Is there a reality out there? Realism versus constructivism in the social theory of nature

The article is a defence of constructionism as the necessary point of view that sociology has to contribute to the debate on the natural environment. It aims to clarify the debate on realism versus constructivism by distinguishing events, operational models and cognized models. Events are pre-social. Events enter society by being communicated; they then become part of permanent constructions and reconstructions of nature. This process is regulated by cognized models which contain both social and empirical knowledge. The role of sociologists and sociology is to observe the difference between the performance of a society and the available knowledge on nature, i.e. the operational models the society has.

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