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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Work ofthis kind contributes to the respecification of the nature of philosophical
discourse as rhetoric (following Richard Rorty, 1991). Conversely, one move in
linguistic philosophy has been to rework unmanageable and enduring ...
... on views oflanguage that made refereptial issues oftruth and falsity paramount.
In place of the overwhelming philosophical concern with the 'truth value' of
statements taken in the abstract, Austin emphasised the practical nature of
For the moment, I will just note that it tends to obscure the interactional and
rhetorical nature of fact construction, while reifying a mental world which itself a
major element in factual discourse. In other words, people produce versions of
Stimulated by the pioneering work of Garfinkel and Sacks during the 1960s,
these perspectives offered a novel account of both social interaction and the
procedures that people use to understand the nature of their world and to display
The final chapter returns to the nature of constructionism and asks how it should
be conceptualized in the light ofthe arguments in the book. It also considers the
significance of these arguments for the conduct and presentation of social
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7 Working Up Representations
8 Criticizing Facts