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.
第 1 到 5 筆結果，共 25 筆
... reporters, cartoonists and others can draw delicately on the original and
familiar meaning to ironize some claims and arguments. More generally, the
notion of an economy of truth serves as an appropriate metaphor for the topic of
... from the earlier traditions and some are new. One of its roles is to describe
different ways in which the metaphor of construction has been used in linguistics,
ethnomethodology and post-structuralism. It suggests 14 Representing Reality.
In the 1950s, the American philosopher Willard van Orman Quine developed
Duhem's ideas about the interconnection of beliefs and the role of experience
into a famous metaphor, often elaborated as the Quine-Duhem thesis (1961; see
If we think back to the use ofa car engine as a metaphor for the social world of
science, we can now be clear just how limited it is. Rather than there being
carburettors, plugs and so on which are simply there to study (or so the garage
tells us!), ...
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7 Working Up Representations
8 Criticizing Facts