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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.

Discourse and Construction
Discourse and construction

Although the traditions of work discussed in the last three chapters contain a wealth of material relevant to a systematic study of factual accounts, they each have their limitations and blind spots, as well as specific arenas of development and application – namely, science, everyday talk and literary texts. This chapter can be thought of as a crossroads in the book. It will start to lay out a scheme for understanding the operation of factual accounts, synthesize some of the features of the perspectives that were reviewed in the preceding chapters, and draw on a range of specific research studies which will be described in detail in later chapters. The chapter is intended to serve as both a frame and ...

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