Publication 6542

Beer R. (2002) Vom realitätsverarbeitenden zum realitätserzeugenden Subjekt: Eine philosophische Fundierung der Sozialisationstheorie [From the “individual as a productive processor of reality” to the “individual as a productive producer of reality”: A philosophical fou. ZSE: Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation 22(4): 408–421. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/6542
In recent theory of socialisation there is an increasing awareness giving more attention to the agency of subjects itself in the process of socialization. Direct indications about that change into the focus of theory of socialization are the often used formula of the “individual as a productive processor of reality” or the programme of the constructivist research of socialization. In both cases still many problems are produced first of all through the idea of an action-theory based subject. One of the main theses in this article is that this understanding aggravates a consistent theory of subject in theories of socialization and so an unequivocal definition of agency of subjects. To solve that problems I suggest to conceptualise the subject epistemologically. The consequence of this strategy will offer a comprehension of the subject that is able to overcome the subject-object-dichotomy and to recognize “reality” as a construct made by subjects in a strict sense. On the one hand the advantage of this firstly heuristic proposal is the possibility to ascertain consistently the subject. On the other hand further research may be fruitful instructed because of the broader understanding of individual development.

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