Everything is not socially manufactured. If something is not socially created, it is not socially constructed. If you interpret socially built to mean "any information that people share with one another must be structured in ways that humans can share it," you'll have a better idea of what it truly means. Humans build roads, bridges, and tunnels all the time without any knowledge of how they were done before (or if they were done at all).
Saying something is socially created emphasizes its reliance on contingent features of our social identities. There are undoubtedly numerous objects and facts about them that are socially created in the sense indicated by this basic idea: money, citizenship, and newspapers, to name a few. But just because something is socially created does not mean that it is not real either physically or causally.
Social constructionists believe that everything we think we know about society at any given moment is actually a product of human interpretation and communication. So if you ask someone what they think about police officers, they might tell you that most people view them as heroes. But if you ask some people who have been arrested why they think most people view police officers as heroes, they might answer that police officers must be treated with respect to keep the public trust. In other words, how we define police officers affects how others perceive them. This means that police officers' roles are socially constructed; they aren't fixed traits that exist independently from human interpretation.
There are two main types of social constructions: inter-subjective and intra-subjective. Inter-subjective processes include ideas such as propaganda, which are transmitted from one person to another. Intra-subjective processes occur within an individual, such as when he or she creates a mental image of themselves interacting with other people.
Most individuals are ignorant of social construction since it occurs largely subconsciously. Race, class, and gender are examples of social construction points of distinction. People are designated as belonging to a given race as an example of social construction; they do not select their race. A person's class is defined by their position in society's hierarchy; someone who is rich or poor, for example, has nothing to do with their own class status. Gender is a social construct that divides people into two categories: male and female. It is not determined by biology nor can it be changed by medical procedures.
Social constructionists believe that all knowledge is constructed by societies--including theories, laws, and even the physical world itself--and that these structures influence how individuals think about themselves and others.
Thus, social constructionism says that we create our own reality. This means that we can change what exists in people's minds by communicating new ideas, values, and concepts. For example, if more women than men vote in elections, then this shows that women have less access to politics which is something that could lead to changes being made to give women more opportunities in politics.
Women have fought long and hard for their rights. Social constructionism explains this behavior by saying that women have created different opportunities for themselves by acting upon these rights.
Constructionism in social life means that we create most of what is important about our society. Constructionists argue that culture, morality, and even science have been created by humans, not discovered by God or some other outside force. In other words, they believe that everything related to daily life is socially constructed.
Socially constructed concepts include things like gender, race, religion, ability, class, and many more. These are all ideas that have been invented by people in order to make sense of the world. If you ask a constructionist why there are still differences between men and women, they would say that these differences are simply parts of human nature which have been developed over time through social interaction. The same constructionist might also say that slavery is acceptable because it has existed for so long in many societies around the world.
Social construction means that we create these concepts together. No one person creates anything alone; instead, it is usually through social interactions that new ideas are formed and cultures develop.