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Some idealists (subjective idealists) believe that there is not a certain way of doing things, but that the personal reality of each person is unique. These idealists have the worldview that we all create our own reality, and while most people generally agree (consensus) on reality, they might live in a different reality (or not). [7] For example, your school exists as a school and not just as a building, because you and others agree that it is a school. If your school is older than you, it was founded by the agreement of others before you. In a certain sense, it exists by consensus, both before and now. It is an example of the process of institutionalization, the act of implementing a convention or a norm in society. Remember that the institution, although socially constructed, is still quite real. 9 The importance of documents for social reality is also stressed by Smith in 2006 and De Soto in 2000. Society is based on the social construction of reality. The way we define society influences what society really is. Similarly, the way we see other people influences their actions and our actions towards them. We all have different roles throughout our lives, and our social interactions depend on the types of roles we take, with whom we assume them, and in which scene the interaction takes place.

Consensual reality is related to consensual reality, but it is different from this one. The difference between these terms is that, while consensual reality describes a state of mutual agreement about what is true (consensus is a noun), consensual reality describes a kind of consensus about what is true (an adjective is consensual). In other words, reality cannot be consensual either, as when one person`s privileged version of reality conflicts with another person`s privileged version of reality. Consensual reality is relevant to understanding a multitude of social phenomena such as deception. [9] Symbolic interactionists offer an additional lens for analyzing the social construction of reality. With a theoretical perspective centered on the symbols (such as language, gestures, and artifacts) that people use to interact, this approach looks at how people interpret these symbols in everyday interactions. For example, one might be afraid to see a person holding a weapon unless it turns out to be a police officer. Interactionists also recognize that language and body language reflect our values. You only have to learn a foreign language to know that not all English words can easily be translated into another language. The same goes for gestures. While Americans might recognize a “thumbs up” as “awesome,” it would mean “one” in Germany, and in Japan, it would mean “five.” Thus, our construction of reality is influenced by our symbolic interactions. 5 The first problem of the study of the social field is to identify the general categories that participate in it.

The social world seems to be marked by its own qualities. Typical examples of “components” of the social sphere are the office of president, the role of order, the quality of monetary value, to name but a few.. . . .