interpretation, representation and
Writing is an everyday communicative practice, which
pervades our lives at an individual as well a societal level.
Given the omnipresence of the written word, research into
the role of written language in everyday communication is
at the heart of understanding contemporary forms of social
interaction, between institutions and communities as well
as between individuals. (Barton and Papen, 2010, p 3)
From the perspective of contemporary anthropology, authors such
Stand-up: representing whom?
Brendan Burns, quoting George Carlin, describes the drama
of stand-up comedy with a view to its solipsism: ‘You’re here
for me, I’m here for me. Let’s go on from there’ (Burns, 2016).
Encapsulating the ethos of stand-up as an intrapersonal art
form, Carlin’s dictum also demonstrates what stand-up, in the
language of traditional aesthetics, represents. Stand-up, at first
glance, is about the presentation of self. Unlike actors in a play,
and the moods, emotions and meaningful gestures they may
Despite improvement in the numbers of women in parliaments, representative democracy continues to fail women.
‘Poverty of representation’ captures the intersectional ways in which women are both under-represented and misrepresented.
We call for the formal presence within existing legislatures of ‘affected representatives of women’.
Feminist democratic representation incentivises elected representatives to meet the needs of diverse women.
A lot can be said about the failure of representative democracy to do good by women
I agree that we need more imaginative ways to present and engage with climate data, and welcome such experiments. However, I want to stage a defence of representation as a resource for experimental and speculative practice. Indeed, close attention to Barry, Lobo and Duffy’s examples suggest that the way that these two artworks work actually relies on the capacity of representational signification to open up a ‘play’ between world and meaning.
What do I mean by the representational? Fundamentally, representation is a relation where a ‘this’ stands for a
The article links citizens’ perception of being represented with objective representation.
The article tests different policy–opinion congruence measures, with varying outcomes.
Policy–opinion congruence with the government is only associated with higher perceived representation.
In recent decades, many studies have highlighted the erosion of political support ( Dalton, 2004 ), and scholars have underlined many challenges for representative democracy. The issue of unequal representation ( Bartels, 2008 ) is one of these
Digital media technologies have enabled some LGBTQ individuals and communities to successfully organise for basic rights and justice. But these technologies can also present risks, such as online and in-person harassment and assault, and unsettled standards of privacy and consent.
Justin Ellis provides new insights on LGBTQ identity formation through social media networks and platform biometrics. Drawing on debate over gender, procreation, religion, nationalism and tech-regulation, he considers the effects of surveillance technologies on LGBTQ agency. In doing so, he brings an interdisciplinary ‘digiqueer’ perspective to negotiations of LGBTQ identity through case studies of digital harms from case law, parliamentary debates, social and mainstream media and LGBTQ-tech advocacy.
The meaning and importance of access to legal representation
Access to legal representation refers to the ability of a defendant in a criminal case to talk privately with a lawyer. Such access can be very important for defendants because confronting a criminal charge in court is complicated. Rules of criminal procedure and the criminal codes that stipulate punishments and sentences are generally mysterious to laypeople. Criminal defence attorneys are professionals trained to understand legal systems and to provide confidential advice to people facing