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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This chapter highlights the value of taking a relativist perspective which starts
without preconceptions about what facts are true, and illustrates some of the
ways in which rhetoric is both emphasized and underplayed in sociology of
The chapter develops an argument for taking an analytic approach to fact
construction which focuses on texts and talk in action (discourse) rather than
mental models, representations and ideas (cognition), and for treating that
discourse as ...
The third and final theme is normalization. How can some event or conduct be
made out as normal and commonplace, or how can it be undermined as strange
or deviant? The final chapter returns to the nature of constructionism and asks
Realism, Relativism and Rhetoric I have not tried to provide a thorough review of
SSK in this chapter. Sociology of scientific knowledge is now a major area of
social research and one that has boomed during the 1980s and continues to
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