Understanding Representation offers an accessible, engaging, and genuinely interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of representation. Drawing together the ideas, practices, and techniques associated with the subject, this book puts them in historical context and demonstrates their relevance to everyday life. Topics include linguistic and political representation, art and media, and philosophical and cognitive approaches.

Language and Representation

Language and representation

Language is, in the opinion of many theorists, what makes us human. It makes us – that is, constructs us – in a very real sense because to be a member of society, and hence recognized as a person, you must have access to language. The language we speak, how we speak it, with what accent, what fluency and what content, determines who we can be in the world, and sets in motion a series of ideas, knowledges and attitudes about and for us. Do we use it, or does it use us?

What is Language?

This sounds a little ridiculous, I know; after all, language has no agency or identity of its own. It is a social artefact, a tool made ...

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