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ne suffit pas à en supporter le poids

English translation: does not go far enough (as an explanation)/ is insufficient (as a theory basis)

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French term or phrase:ne suffit pas à en supporter le poids
English translation:does not go far enough (as an explanation)/ is insufficient (as a theory basis)
Entered by: Carol Gullidge
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11:17 Nov 1, 2007
French to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc. / use of metaphor (Social Psychology)
French term or phrase: ne suffit pas à en supporter le poids
: nous ne devons pas confondre l'objet de la représentation et la représentation de l'objet. La fameuse "construction sociale de la réalité" n'épuise pas la réalité, *****ne suffit pas à en supporter le poids*****. D'une certaine manière, scientiquement incontestable, un objet de représentation existe indépendamment des populations qui se le représentent.

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I'm struggling to find a suitable translation for this metaphor. I don't feel that the literal translation is suitable here - unless it has a special significance in social psycvhology terms.

I'd be grateful for any suggestions. Many thanks!
Carol Gullidge
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:59
does not go far enough (as an explanation)/ is insufficient (as a theory basis)
Explanation:
or something along these lines. As I see it, the social construction of reality is one theory but the author wants to say that there are other aspects that need to be taken into consideration and therefore this theory is insufficient. Personally I think "is insufficient" or "does not go far enough" would be fine.
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suezen
Local time: 13:59
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Many thanks, suezen! I'm quite happy with this extremely helpful answer, and can see no point in hanging on for others - and wasting other people's time. I had expected you to have amassed a whole collection of agrees by now, but suspect that Social Psychology questions aren't everybody's cup of tea...
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3 +2does not go far enough (as an explanation)/ is insufficient (as a theory basis)
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does not go far enough (as an explanation)/ is insufficient (as a theory basis)


Explanation:
or something along these lines. As I see it, the social construction of reality is one theory but the author wants to say that there are other aspects that need to be taken into consideration and therefore this theory is insufficient. Personally I think "is insufficient" or "does not go far enough" would be fine.

suezen
Local time: 13:59
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PRO pts in category: 145
Grading comment
Many thanks, suezen! I'm quite happy with this extremely helpful answer, and can see no point in hanging on for others - and wasting other people's time. I had expected you to have amassed a whole collection of agrees by now, but suspect that Social Psychology questions aren't everybody's cup of tea...
Notes to answerer
Asker: thanks, that's a lovely explanation - along the lines of my thoughts, but far better expressed!


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  katsy: well explained! Hi there!
46 mins
  -> thanks Katsy -))

agree  Rachel Fell: Better late than never ;-)
10 hrs
  -> thanks Rachel :-)
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