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 third objective is more diffuse, but perhaps more important. I hope the book
will show both how significant the role of descriptions and factual accounts is in
our lives and what a rich and fascinating topic it is to study. I have deliberately ...
... 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
... testimony, as opposed to what is merely inferred, or to a conjecture or fiction' (
OED). The interest in facts in this book is attributional rather than actual. That is,
the topic is what participants count as factual rather than what is actually factual.
light on murky topics, tracing out a new point of view, and seeing how far a
constructionist argument can be pushed (Derrida, 1982; Rorty, 1980). Omissions
As I will discuss in detail later on, academic writing tends to draw on textual forms
For our present purposes it had the important role of establishing processes of
social construction as a central topic of study. A second important feature of the
book is its emphasis on taking a 'symmetrical' stance to knowledge that is treated
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7 Working Up Representations
8 Criticizing Facts