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 second objective of the book is to give an account of some of the basic
procedures through which the factuality of descriptions is built up, and how those
descriptions are involved in actions. This combines a detailed discussion of a
First, I will provide a small number of brief examples to illustrate more explicitly
what is involved in studying fact construction, and to raise some ofthe themes that
will come up later. Second, I will comment on some background issues relevant ...
Only a true raconteur will hold forth on a failed attempt to adjust a wall thermostat.
(Guardian Weekend, 6 January 1993) One point that this extract neatly illustrates
is that descriptions are notjust involved in situations of conflict, or where there ...
involved in situations of conflict, or where there is a strong concern with factual
accuracy. People in their everyday talk tell stories to one another; they construct
narratives - anecdotes - to make points, for entertainment and laughter.
... for study the issues that are the topic of this book. Overview of the Book The
first three chapters in the book cover the main traditions of work involved in fact
construction. Chapter I covers the sociology of scientific knowledge which
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7 Working Up Representations
8 Criticizing Facts