Realism, Discourse, and Deconstruction

Realism, Discourse, and Deconstruction

Realism, Discourse, and Deconstruction

Realism, Discourse, and Deconstruction

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This collection reflects the growing interest realist critics have shown towards forms of discourse theory and deconstruction.

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This edited collection reflects the growing interest realist critics have shown towards forms of discourse theory and deconstruction. However, despite the increased interest, this debate is still in its early stages. The aim of this book is to develop this debate by gathering a number of important articles on these issues. While the aim is not to produce a definitive viewpoint, we hope, nevertheless, to bring together what have, so far, been occasional interventions in order to promote, develop and widen what is likely to be an important area of research.

The contributions in this volume are diverse. Some address the work of Derrida and deconstruction from a realist standpoint, others address discourse theory or discourse and language more generally, while others address the issue of Eurocentrism. What unites all of the contributions is a sense that it is essential to provide an alternative to the hitherto dominance of social constructionism, hermeneutics and postmodernism, over many of the issues discussed. In their respective way all of the authors maintain, contra varieties of social constructionism, that complexly layered and often unobservable strata of reality impact upon our action and thinking. By endorsing this broad-based realist perspective the authors attempt to embed discourse within the structured nature of the reality of the world and thereby stave off the worst excesses of social constructionism, especially the latter's slide into irrealism. Albeit, it is also true to say that a variety of realisms exist with which to undertake this task. In order to avoid later confusions, this introduction will first spell out the importance of what has become known as critical realism as well as some problems that realists working within similar critical traditions have expressed towards critical realism. We will then give a summary of how the different authors in this book deal with discourse and deconstruction.

Varieties of realism

In their chapter Fairclough, Jessop and Sayer state that many theorists reject causal explanation as being inappropriate for the explanation of discourse and semiosis. They give as an example the way that the

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