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  1. Representing Reality: Discourse, Rhetoric and Social Construction.Jonathan Potter - 1996 - Sage Publications.
    How is reality really manufactured? The idea of social construction has become a commonplace part of much social research, yet precisely what is constructed, how it is constructed, and what constructionism means are often left unclear or taken for granted. In this major work, Jonathan Potter explores the central themes raised by these questions. Representing Reality explores the different traditions in constructivist thought--including sociology of scientific knowledge; conversation analysis and ethnomethodology; and semiotics, poststructuralism, and postmodernism--to provide a lucid introduction to (...)
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  2. Death and Furniture: The Rhetoric, Politics and Theology of Bottom Line Arguments Against Relativism.Derek Edwards, Malcolm Ashmore & Jonathan Potter - 1995 - History of the Human Sciences 8 (2):25-49.
  3. Directives: Entitlement and Contingency in Action.Jonathan Potter & Alexandra Craven - 2010 - Discourse Studies 12 (4):419-442.
    This article is focused on the nature of directives. It draws on Curl and Drew’s analysis of entitlement and contingency in request types and applies this to a corpus of directives that occur in UK family mealtimes involving parents and young children. While requests are built as contingent to varying degrees on the recipient’s willingness or ability to comply, directives embody no orientation to the recipient’s ability or desire to perform the relevant activity. This lack of orientation to ability or (...)
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    Death and Furniture: The Rhetoric, Politics and Theology of Bottom Line Arguments Against Relativism.Derek Edwards, Malcolm Ashmore & Jonathan Potter - 1995 - History of the Human Sciences 8 (2):25-49.
    ’Death’ and ’Furniture’ are emblems for two very common (predictable, even) objections to relativism. When relativists talk about the social construction of reality, truth, cognition, scientific knowledge, technical capacity, social structure and so on, their realist opponents sooner or later start hitting the furniture, invoking the Holocaust, talking about rocks, guns, killings, human misery, tables and chairs. The force of these objections is to introduce a bottom line, a bedrock of reality that places limits on what may be treated as (...)
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  5. Some Uses of Subject-Side Assessments.Jonathan Potter & Derek Edwards - 2017 - Discourse Studies 19 (5):497-514.
    We focus on assessments in conversation, paying particular attention to a distinction between object-side and subject-side assessments. O-side assessments are predicated of an object, whereas S-side assessments formulate a disposition of the speaker toward that object. Despite looking somewhat interchangeable, logically, these different ways of making assessments serve different interactional functions. In particular, S-side assessments allow for contrasting assessments of the same object by different persons. They are therefore useful in the management and avoidance of conflict and misalignment in the (...)
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    Language and Causation: A Discursive Action Model of Description and Attribution.Derek Edwards & Jonathan Potter - 1993 - Psychological Review 100 (1):23-41.
  7. Discourse: Noun, Verb or Social Practice?Jonathan Potter, Margaret Wetherell, Ros Gill & Derek Edwards - 1990 - Philosophical Psychology 3 (2 & 3):205 – 217.
    This paper comments on some of the different senses of the notion of discourse in the various relevant literatures and then overviews the basic features of a coherent discourse analytic programme in Psychology. Parker's approach is criticised for (a) its tendency to reify discourses as objects; (b) its undeveloped notion of analytic practice; (c) its vulnerability to common sense assumptions. It ends by exploring the virtues of 'interpretative repertoires' over 'discourses' as an analytic/theoretical notion.
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    Advice-Implicative Actions: Using Interrogatives and Assessments to Deliver Advice in Mundane Conversation.Alexa Hepburn, Jonathan Potter & Chloe Shaw - 2015 - Discourse Studies 17 (3):317-342.
    Work on advice has concentrated on institutional settings where there are restrictions on roles, actions and their organisation. This article focuses on advice giving in mundane settings: interactions between mothers and their young-adult daughters in a corpus of 51 telephone calls. Analysis reveals a range of designs that can be ‘advice implicative’ including advice-implicative interrogatives and advice-implicative assessments. Recipients orient to the characteristic features these implicit forms share with more explicit advice: normative pressure on the recipient’s conduct and epistemic asymmetry (...)
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  9. Two Kinds of Natural.Jonathan Potter - 2002 - Discourse Studies 4 (4):539-542.
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    Rethinking Cognition: On Coulter on Discourse and Mind. [REVIEW]Jonathan Potter & Derek Edwards - 2003 - Human Studies 26 (2):165-181.
    This paper responds to, and comments on, Coulter''s (1999) critique of discursive psychology with particular reference to how cognition is conceptualised theoretically and analytically. It first identifies a number of basic misreadings of discursive psychological writings, which distort and, at times, reverse its position on the status of cognition. Second, it reviews the main ways in which cognition, mental states, and thoughts have been analytically conceptualised in discursive psychology (respecification of topics from mainstream psychology, studies of the psychological thesaurus in (...)
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  11. Cognition and Conversation.Jonathan Potter - 2006 - Discourse Studies 8 (1):131-140.
    This article considers the different approaches to cognition in conversation analysis and discursive psychology. Its points are illustrated through a critical but appreciative consideration of an article by Drew in which he uses conversation analysis to identify ‘cognitive moments’ in interaction. Problems are identified with Drew’s analysis and the conclusions he draws. In particular, he a) presupposes a dualistic division between depth and surface; b) makes circular inferences from conventional conversational patterns to underlying cognitive entities; c) presupposes that the underlying (...)
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    Social Representations: A Conceptual Critique.Andrew Mckinlay & Jonathan Potter - 1987 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 17 (4):471–487.
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    Regulating Criticism: Some Comments on an Argumentative Complex.Jonathan Potter, Derek Edwards & Malcolm Ashmore - 1999 - History of the Human Sciences 12 (4):79-88.
    This commentary identifies a range of flaws and contradictions in Parker’s critical realist position and his critique of relativism. In particular we highlight: (1) a range of basic errors in formulating the nature of relativism; (2) contradictions in the understanding and use of rhetoric; (3) problematic recruitment of the oppressed to support his argument; (4) tensions arising from the distinction between working in and against psychology. We conclude that critical realism is used to avoid doing empirical work, on the one (...)
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    Cutting Cakes: A Study of Psychologists' Social Categorisations.Jonathan Potter - 1988 - Philosophical Psychology 1 (1):17 – 33.
    This paper is about the ways in which psychologists categorise themselves into collectivities. It reports a study of the use of the categories 'mechanist' and 'humanist' in the transcript of an international psychology conference. The analysis documents: (1) the flexibility of category definition with respect to the subject matter, research methods and metaphysical assumptions of the putative membership; (2) the involvement of categories in practical tasks of criticism and evaluation; (3) some of the procedures used to warrant these categories as (...)
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  15. Conversation and Cognition.Hedwig te Molder & Jonathan Potter - 2009 - Human Studies 32 (4):487-502.
    Although hailing from cognate analytical schools, the contributors to Hedwig te Molder and Jonathan Potter's edited volume Conversation and Cognition hold a remarkable diversity of views on the nature of "mental states" and their import for the purposes of analyzing naturally occurring interaction. I offer a critical analysis of some of the contributors' discussions of cognition in social interaction in an effort to clarify some obstinate issues with respect to the meanings of words in our cognitive vocabulary and their identification (...)
     
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    The Applicability of Grading Systems for Guidelines.Adrian Baker, Jonathan Potter, Katharine Young & Ira Madan - 2011 - Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 17 (4):758-762.
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    Testability, Flexibility: Kuhnian Values in Scientists' Discourse Concerning Theory Choice.Jonathan Potter - 1984 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 14 (3):303-330.
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    A Randomized Trial of Peer Review: The UK National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Resources and Outcomes Project: Three‐Year Evaluation.Christopher M. Roberts, Robert A. Stone, Rhona J. Buckingham, Nancy A. Pursey, Derek Lowe & Jonathan M. Potter - 2012 - Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 18 (3):599-605.
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    National Audit of Continence Care: Laying the Foundation.Sarah Mian, Adrian Wagg, Penny Irwin, Derek Lowe, Jonathan Potter & Michael Pearson - 2005 - Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 11 (6):533-543.
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    National Audit of Continence Care for Older People: Results of a Pilot Study.Adrian Wagg, Sarah Mian, Derek Lowe & Jonathan Potter - 2005 - Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 11 (6):525-532.
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    Life is Out There: A Comment on Griffin.Alexa Hepburn & Jonathan Potter - 2007 - Discourse Studies 9 (2):276-282.
    Open-ended interviews remain the default data generation technique for qualitative psychology and sociology. This commentary raises questions with Griffin's understanding of naturalistic materials and the emic/ etic distinction. It reiterates problems in the use of open-ended interviews, and repeats the case for more considered support for their use.
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