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.

Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

Ethnomethodology and conversation analysis

Facts have long been a central topic for ethnomethodological study and theorizing. In one of the earliest ethnomethodological writings, Harvey Sacks (1963) stressed that self-characterizations are central to social life. The social world is imbued with stories, versions and representations whose topic is the social world itself. Moreover, these are not merely free-floating images, they are both highly organized and highly consequential; these characterizations are there to do things. Sacks went on to argue that the descriptive activities underlying these characterizations should become an important area for study, and in the course of his lectures he returned again and again to this topic. Harold Garfinkel (1967) developed the same theme in somewhat different directions. One of the basic ...

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