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By Garry Potter

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This article brings jointly many of the best-known names within the box to offer an interdisciplinary advent to serious realism. The publication offers the reader with a compendium of essays illustrating the relationship among metatheory, thought and important examine throughout sociology, philosophy, literary reports, politics, media reviews, psychology and technology stories.

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Why do some people's stories have priority over other peoples'. That is 'positioning theory', the work that van Langenhove and I have collected up recently. It is very interesting but social structures don't come into it except as taxonomic categories or shorthand for certain genres of discourse. [Unknown]: This comes back to a fundamental ontological question: do social structures have no causal consequences at all? Rom Harre: Who said that? Not me. They have negative consequences of all sorts.

It is a performative utterance by the Bank of England. 32 ROM HARRE Roy Bhaskar: But there will always be a referent to the story in which you historically locate yourself. When we talk about nature we can only do it through a discursive act; but it has a referent! Aren't you confusing the transitive and the intransitive dimensions? Don't we have a discourse about everything? If I talk about the history of New Zealand in the 1920s, presumably there were activities to which that discourse refers.

Once this is conceded it is possible to consider a more threedimensional, dynamic and emergent relationality where the outcome is contingent upon the relative position of 'bodies' one to another. A relationalism — as such a variant on symbolic interactionism — of the word or between contemporaneous agents or actors minus a prevailing history or a constitutive consciousness must be judged by critical realism to be ultimately inadequate. This not least because such an approach would ignore relations to the natural world.

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