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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Indexicality The central idea of indexicality is that the meaning of a word or
utterance is dependent on its context of use. This is true whether the utterance is
conventionally thought of as a description, a question, an order or whatever.
We should not think that language is not good enough - not determinate enough
or elaborate enough - to refer precisely in all contexts. Rather, this is one of
ordinary language's great strengths. Its indexical nature allows a relatively small
The context of Extract 2 is rather different; it is part of the adjudicator's summing
up of the case: 4 Adj.: Now this is a case where one must have a good deal of
sympathy for Mr M. He's been a tenant of S Council for a very long time, and here
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