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.
Discourse, Rhetoric and Social Construction Jonathan Potter. Introduction. In
virtually any situation appeal to the facts, to what really happened and what is
only invention, can be a powerful device. Factual accounting is the stuff of arcane
This argument makes many assumptions and can easily be viewed as a piece of
rather transparent rhetoric used by some social researchers into science to build
up the importance oftheir work. However, with the proviso that we should not ...
The Problem of Non-rhetorical Rhetoric The final issue is with the way Collins
uses the notion of rhetoric. Rhetoric is central to his account because it provides
closure to controversies; without it the indeterminate nature of experimental
Discourse, Rhetoric and Social Construction Jonathan Potter. analysis, to avoid
subordinating the analyst to a current scientific orthodoxy. Second, one of the
positive points about SSK is its strongly analytic, or empirical, orientation.
Discourse, Rhetoric and Social Construction Jonathan Potter. 2.
Ethnomethodology. and. Conversation. Analysis. Facts have long been a central
topic for ethnomethodological study and theorizing. In one of the earliest
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7 Working Up Representations
8 Criticizing Facts