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.

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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