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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.

Interests and Category Entitlements
Interests and category entitlements

This chapter will pick up and develop some of the ideas from the previous chapter on the ways in which the identity of the agents who produce descriptions can be worked on to effect their credibility. In terms of the broad distinction introduced between the action and epistemological orientation of descriptive accounts, it will concentrate primarily on the epistemological business being done. In the first place, it will focus on the way issues of the stake or interest are drawn on in an attempt to undermine claims and accounts, and the way such attempts are resisted. In the second place, it will focus on the way descriptions can be given authority by emphasizing or building up category memberships ...

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