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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... science Philosophy and scientific facts Sociology of scientific knowledge
Constructionist and interest theories of scientific fact making Realism, relativism
and rhetoric Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis Ethnomethodology
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
The work of Harry Collins and the 'Empirical Relativist Programme' is discussed
in detail, particularly his studies of the social construction and destruction of
replication, along with 'constructionist' and 'interest' theories of scientific
It suggests that a complete constructionist account of fact construction will need to
consider both the procedures through which versions are stabilized and made
credible and the resources that those procedures draw on. The chapter develops
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7 Working Up Representations
8 Criticizing Facts