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ߢThis 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 constructionߣ ࡆ 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.
Chapter 1: Social Studies of Science
Social Studies of Science
If we are asked to think of something that epitomizes the world of facts, before very long we are likely to consider science. Colossal investments of time, money and people seem to have led to facts which are sharply specified and precisely defined, sustaining the weight of prodigious technological advances. Looked at in this way science becomes a ‘hard case’ against which to test an argument about the constructed nature of facts. If you can succeed in showing that scientific fact generation deviates from idealized models, then you expect that fact generation in other realms is likely to be even further from those models (Collins, 1985). If even white-coated scientists, with all their training and technical back-up, produce ...