Representing Reality: Discourse, Rhetoric and Social Construction
SAGE, 1996年8月13日 - 264 頁
`This is an admirable book which can be recommended to students with confidence, and is likely also to become an indispensable source of reference for those researching fact construction' - Discourse & Society
How is reality manufactured? The idea of social construction has become a commonplace of much social research, yet precisely what is constructed, and how, and even what constructionism means, is often unclear or taken for granted. In this major work, Jonathan Potter offers a fascinating tour of the central themes raised by these questions.
Representing Reality overviews the different traditions in constructionist thought. Points are illustrated throughout with varied and engaging examples taken from newspaper stories, relationship counselling sessions, accounts of the paranormal, social workers' assessments of violent parents, informal talk between programme makers, political arguments and everyday conversations. Ranging across the social and human sciences, this book provides a lucid introduction to several key strands of work that have overturned the way we think about facts and descriptions, including: the sociology of scientific knowledge; conversation analysis and ethnomethodology; and semiotics, post-structuralism and postmodernism.
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... relationship disputes) which I hope will make the points more accessible as
well highlighting their generality. I have come to see that factual discourse, even
in casual, mundane settings, such as in an argument between a husband and
There are certain common tropes that realists use to attack the coherence ofthe
sort of constructionist position developed in this book, most notably the furniture
argument ('see this [bangs on table]; you're not telling me that's a social ...
light on murky topics, tracing out a new point of view, and seeing how far a
constructionist argument can be pushed (Derrida, 1982; Rorty, 1980). Omissions
As I will discuss in detail later on, academic writing tends to draw on textual forms
Again, this is not a problem for Austin in so far as he is seen as developing a
philosophical argument, but it starts to become an important problem when
Austin's work is drawn on as the basis for an analytic programme for studying
This approach will be discussed more in Chapter 2. Austin's emphasis on
idealized cases as the best start point for understanding language has been
effectively criticized by Jacques Derrida in a series of arguments discussed in
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7 Working Up Representations
8 Criticizing Facts