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Constructing Out-There-Ness
Constructing out-there-ness

This chapter continues the focus developed in the last of the devices that are used to construct descriptions as factual. While the previous chapter concentrated on the way in which the nature of the producer of the description could be managed by discounting any potential stake they might have in it and building their category entitlement to be a competent describer, this chapter will concentrate on procedures which, for the most part, draw emphasis away from the nature or identity of the producer. These are procedures designed to provide a quality of what might be called out-there-ness. In other words, they construct the description as independent of the agent doing the production. More specifically, these procedures draw attention away from concerns with ...

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