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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The focus is on the way people construct descriptions as factual, and how others
undermine those constructions. This does not require an answer to the
philosophical question of what factuality is. Nevertheless, this approach cannot
fail to ...
As a counterpoint to this focus on specificity, I have deliberately ... sociology of
scientific knowledge obviously deals with scientific practices; ethnomethodology
and conversation analysis have come to focus on talk in everyday and
This 'here and now' is the focus of my attention to the reality of everyday life. What
is 'here and now' presented to me in everyday life is the realissimum of my
consciousness. (1966: 36) The sorts of problems that this kind of 'cognitivism' ...
Conversation analysis is introduced with a focus on the way it has
conceptualized accounts as a structural element in particular kinds of interaction.
This provides a developed research example where one class of descriptions (
accounts) can ...
I focus on the use of empiricist discourse (impersonal constructions characteristic
of science and some news reporting), constructions of consensus and
corroboration (independent observers agree in their descriptions), and the use of
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7 Working Up Representations
8 Criticizing Facts