A social construct is an institutionalized "cultural artifact" invented, created, or evolved - whether consciously or unconsciously - by participants of a social group.
Cultural artifacts may be tangible or intangible. All that is necessary for a cultural artifact to exist is for a social group's participants to agree and then behave as if it the cultural artifact exists. This acceptance leads to the group members behaving in accordance with certain associated protocols or standards.
We can think of cultural artifacts as something characteristic of or resulting from a particular:
- Human institution (e.g., denominations)
- Period (e.g., medieval or modern)
- Trend (plainsong or praise choruses)
- Object (e.g., pipe organs or electric guitars), or
- Practice (e.g., paedobaptism or adult baptism).
Cultural artifacts are designed or developed consciously or unconsciously. In turn, such artifacts are used by social groups (e.g., a Bible study group, a church board, a ministry team, a congregation, or a denomination) to meet the group's re-occurring needs (e.g., to communicate, solve problems, express itself, or otherwise communicate important meanings that are essential to its existence and feelings of well-being).
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