The social construction of expertise

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In The Social Construction of Reality, Berger and Luckmann discuss experts. They contrast the stabilizing monopoly traditionally enjoyed by "universal experts" with the destabilizing competition of a modern pluralistic society. "When a particular definition of reality comes to be attached to a concrete power interest, it may be called an ideology." The current institutions of forensic science illustrate the claim that monopoly in expertise is associated with political power. Applying the analysis of universal experts in The Social Construction of Reality to forensic science provides useful insights into forensic science as a social phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-226
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Expertise
  • Experts
  • Forensic science
  • Science
  • Social construction of reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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