What is a Social Construct?

Article Summary

During your diversity and inclusion work you may have come across the idea that many categories of identification are actually “social constructs.” Given the impact of very real systems of oppression that use these categorisations, we need to know where they came from. With the following explainer, you will learn how the distinctions so commonly attributed to different groups are not based in truth, but were created to serve those already in power. You can then confidently identify how these constructs continue to be used to further oppression of marginalised groups.