"World Construction"/The Social Construction of Reality
Humans ß à Society
anomie: "without order"
society: an aspect of culture that structures a human beings ongoing relations with his or her fellow human beings
culture: the totality of human products (e.g., language, tools)
theodicy: an explanation of anomic phenomena such as evil and dealth in terms of religious legitimations, whatever degree of theoretical sophistication
Four Types of Theodicy:
Plausibility Structures: worlds are socially constructed and socially maintained. Their continuing reality... [their taken-for-grantedness], depends upon specific social processes ... [that] ongiongly reconstruct and maintain the particular worlds in question. Conversely, the interruption of these social processes threatens ... the reality of the worlds in question. Thus each world requires a social "base" for its continuing existence as a world that is real to actual human beings. This "base" may be called its plausibility structure (Berger, The Sacred Canopy 1967:45) .