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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Factual accounting is the stuff of arcane scientific disputes over whether
neutrinos have been detected, of mundane domestic conflict over who last
washed the dishes, and of ideological concern as particular versions of the
economy are ...
while an account is 'a particular statement or narrative of an event or thing; a
relation, report, or description' (OED). Note the way the definition of description
uses the term describes as well as the term account, the definition of report uses
... or the appearance of delays and overlaps, hesitations and corrections. Much of
the book will be concerned with specific features of talk such as this, or with the
particular constructions that appear in newspaper reports or texts of other kinds.
Real authors are, of course, located in history, in particular communities,
constrained by their grasp (or lack of grasp) of bodies ofideas, by the quality of
their libraries and so on. Writing is full of serendipity and is inseparable from
It would be most unfair to criticize Austin for not doing something that he was not
trying to do; after all, his targets were particular traditions in philosophy.
Nevertheless, it is worth noting some limitations in his work, and the burgeoning
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7 Working Up Representations
8 Criticizing Facts