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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And maybe the way authentic stories are organized is partly a consequence of
the possibility of inauthentic alternatives. Two final issues are highlighted with
this example: the contrast between fact and fiction and reflexivity. This is not a
However, the contrast that I want to pick out is the wayfact implies truth and real
occurrence while description does not. This book covers the interactional space
between these two notions, the business of building up a description as a fact.
It is worth briefly considering the nature of this earlier work to provide a contrast to
what came later. Traditional Sociology of Science Typically, traditional sociology
of science was concerned with two questions. How is science organized as a ...
In contrast, an observation that meshes with a large body of theory may be
accepted with relatively little discussion. In the 1950s, the American philosopher
Willard van Orman Quine developed Duhem's ideas about the interconnection of
... well as providing some powerful examples ofthis position in analytic practice.
The Empirical Relativist Programme The clearest way to introduce this work is
through a contrast to the traditional sociology ofscience, which focused on the
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7 Working Up Representations
8 Criticizing Facts