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How Concepts of B&L Connects to Family Student’s Name: Institution: How Concepts of B&L Connects to Family This paper focuses on Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann’s theory of social constructionism (1966). Berger and Luckmann’s theory (1966) suggests that reality is socially constructed. The paper looks into detail the concept of institutionalization as put forward by Berger and Luckmann. Throughout the paper, the concept of institutionalization is connected to family as a social structure. The social constructionism theory (1966) proposes that reality is created and maintained by society. Through the concept of institutionalization, Berger and Luckmann argue that each newborn is introduced into a world where the rest have learned and have a strong idea of what reality is (1966). When this argument is connected to family, the family is structured in such a way that general knowledge is passed from older members of the family such as parents to young members which includes the children. The reality and patterns of acting are already established; hence they are shared among society. A newborn in a family is either taught or observes and learns how to act. This form of reality is passed on as other newborns are brought into the family. Berger and Luckmann argue that each member of an institution maintain their respective institution. They refer to this as externalizing social reality and that it is a continuous process (1966). At the same time, the process of objectivation also takes place. Objectivation involves the construction of a sense of objective reality (Berger & Luckmann, 1966). At the end of the two processes, objectivation and

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