Can you be suffering from Dorothy complex?

If you find yourself utterly confused in the middle of the night, thinking deeply about social constructionist understanding of reality, you too may be suffering from Dorothy complex. If you want to learn more, have a look at the slides of Constructed Complexities seminar that took place on 12 February 2014.

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The core idea of social construction may imply alternative constructions of social reality could be possible. While this is an empowering possibility for constructing a better world, it doesn’t necessarily mean social phenomena can simply be wished away as in Wizard of Oz. Institutions, as shared habits of thought, rules, routines and organisations are as real for individuals living in a social environment as mountains and trees, and yellow brick roads.

Didem Buhari-Gulmez gave a seminar at Surrey Sociology Departmental Seminar series addressing this important issue that lies at the centre of methodological debates about social constructionism. On her talk titled ‘Reading John W. Meyer from an IR perspective: Beyond the ‘Dorothy Complex‘, Didem approached the issue from an international relations point of view. She suggested reading John W. Meyer as a remedy to the ‘Dorothy complex’ in IR, and provided a critical review of the World Polity School with a special emphasis on its contributions to major debates in European studies.

Here are the slides from her talk: DidemsSeminar


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