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.
So where are we now? So far I have focused on some of the principal ways in which descriptions are established as neutral, factual and independent of the speaker. I have considered how they are hiked up the hierarchy of modalization and pushed back down again. I have also studied some of the tasks done by factual discourse and the way specific discourse constructions contribute to their achievement. In this final chapter I will try to tease out some of the implications of the arguments and analyses presented above.
To start with I will return to consider the implications of this work for how we should understand the nature of descriptions and, more broadly, for the theoretical perspective of constructionism. After that I ...