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Variations and resources

Michael Saward

in The Representative Claim

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579389
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722950 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579389.003.0004
Variations and resources

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In this chapter various dimensions of the representative claim are unpacked and analysed. These dimensions include singular and multiple, particular and general, implicit and explicit, internal and external, formal and informal, unidirectional and multidirectional, and nested claims. The chapter also explores the crucial role of performance in representative claim‐making, and seeks to recast representative types or roles as resources that varied actors can use in the making and performing of representative claims. The chapter elaborates on the aesthetic and cultural elements that are present in any representative claim – and therefore present in any political manifestation of representation – and examines the notion of the ubiquity of representation.

Keywords: the representative claim; formal representation; representation and performance; performative; resources; roles; aesthetic representation; cultural representation

Chapter.  9002 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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