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Semiology – Post-Structuralism – Postmodernism
Semiology – post-structuralism – postmodernism

The loose perspectives of semiology, post-structuralism and postmodernism provide an approach to fact construction very different from the positions discussed in the previous chapters. One of their major characteristics is a profound distrust of the idea that referential language works through mirroring or mapping reality. To consider facts to be guaranteed by inspecting some scene ‘in the world’ is to fail to recognize that they are dependent on something much broader. In semiotics this is a system of differences between signs; in much post-structuralism and postmodernism it is a discourse or a regime of truth. Researchers in these traditions have attempted to explore fact construction by bringing these production systems into the open. That is, they ...

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