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.

Representation and the Political World

Representation and the political world

So far I have discussed the concept of representation, its function in constituting the world for us, the way representation works in language, and the way representation forms the basis for personal identity. A further, and important, issue is the relationship between representation and politics. How are communities formed, and how does identity circulate within them? How do interest groups access political institutions in order to have some say in their culture? Who is authorized, or entitled to speak in the political institution, and on behalf of whom? How each political community answers such questions will set the terms for the quality of life and its freedom for individual members. For example, whether women are recognized ...

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