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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Acknowledgements do business of all sorts and are often the occasion for some
pretty ambitious psychology and sociology. They are fenced around by
conventions - even the ironies on the conventions are conventional! How is it
possible to ...
These are the sorts ofthings that someone who was there to witness events
would know but which are not intrinsic to the general narrative. This is a theme
that will be explored in Chapter 6. A further consideration is that Freddy is
working up ...
This example also shows up the sorts of skills that people have for undermining
and resisting factual versions. Although this phrase was used as part of a
distinction between lying and giving a misleading impression by withholding
And I am certainly not trying to answer ontological questions aboutwhat sorts
ofthings exist. The focus is on the way people construct descriptions as factual,
and how others undermine those constructions. This does not require an answer
Rather than arguing directly with realism, the sorts of rhetorical devices that are
used to shore up a realist position have been analysed (Gergen, 1994; Potter,
1992). There are certain common tropes that realists use to attack the coherence
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7 Working Up Representations
8 Criticizing Facts