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Understanding Representation

by Jennifer Webb Sage Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
12/2008
ISBN:
9781412919180
Format:
Hbk 176 pages
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Understanding Representation offers a contemporary, coherent and genuinely interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of representation. Drawing together the full range of ideas, practices, techniques and disciplines associated with the subject, this book locates them in a historical context, presents them in a readable fashion, and shows their relevance to everyday life in an engaging and accessible manner. Readers will be shown how to develop a sophisticated attitude to meaning, and understand the relationship to truth and identity that is brought into focus by communicative practices.


With chapters on linguistic and political representation, art and media, and philosophical and cognitive approaches, Understanding Representation:


- guides readers through complex theoretical terrain with a highly readable and refreshing writing style


- explains the techniques and perspectives offered by semiotics, discourse analysis, poetics, politics, narratology, visual culture, cognitive theory, performance theory and theories of embodied subjectivity


- covers the new ideas and practices that have emerged since the work of Barthes, Eco and Foucault - especially communication and meaning-making in the digital environment, and the new paradigms of understanding associated with cognitive theories of identity and language


- teaches readers how to interpret and interrogate the world of signs in which they live.


Understanding Representation provides students across the social sciences and humanities with an invaluable introduction to what is meant by 'representation'.

'This is an extraordinarily lucid book. I am not sure that there is anyone who can do this sort of thing better than Jen Webb. It is a gift to students; extremely accessible yet complex and sophisticated in its treatment of theories and concepts of representation' - Jim McGuigan, Loughborough University

Introduction Resemblance, Representation and Reality Language and Representation Representation and the Subject/The Subject of Representation Representation and the Political World Representation in the Consciousness Industries: Art and the Mass Media Conclusion: Representation and Ethics: The Problem of the Gap

'This is an extraordinarily lucid book. I am not sure that there is anyone who can do this sort of thing better than Jen Webb. It is a gift to students; extremely accessible yet complex and sophisticated in its treatment of theories and concepts of representation' - Jim McGuigan, Loughborough University
Jennifer Webb - University of Canberra, Australia