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Understanding Representation
By Jen Webb

Understanding Representation

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Understanding Representation by Jen Webb

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"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). 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, this book: 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; and 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'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412919197
ISBN-10: 1412919193
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Art and Human Rights by Jen Webb Art and Human Rights, Paperback (January 2016)

Provides a deeply researched account of contemporary Asian art movements, focusing on the work of a select group of internationally renowned and politically engaged artists.

Understanding the Visual by Jen Webb Understanding the Visual, Paperback (September 2004)

Outlining our relationship with the visual from ancient times to the cyber-present, Understanding the Visual shows the reader how to analyse the structure, conventions, contexts and uses of the visual in Western cultures. Author Schirato from Victoria University of Wellington, NZ and author Webb from University of Canberra, ACT.

Understanding Globalization by Jen Webb Understanding Globalization, Paperback (March 2003)

Understanding Globalization provides a basic easy-to-read introduction to the discourses, practices and technologies that have been grouped together under the term.

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Author Biography - Jen Webb

Jen Webb is Professor of Creative Communication at the University of Canberra. With Tony Schirato, she edits the Understanding Contemporary Culture book series.

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