Representation: cultural representations and signifying practices

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Sage, Apr 8, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 400 pages
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Representation - the production of meaning through language, discourse and image - occupies a central place in current studies on culture. This broad-ranging text offers a comprehensive outline of how visual images, language and discourse work as 'systems of representation'. Individual chapters explain a variety of approaches to representation, bringing to bear concepts from semiotic, discursive, psychoanalytic, anthropological, sociological, feminist, art-historical and Foucauldian models of representation. They explore representation as a signifying practice in a rich diversity of social contexts and institutional sites: the use of photography in the construction of national identity and culture; other cultures in ethnographic museums; fantasies of the racialized 'Other' in popular media, film and image; the construction of masculine identities in discourses of consumer culture and advertising; and the gendering of narratives in television soap operas. The book analyzes contested and critical questions of meaning, truth, knowledge and power in representation, and the relations between representation, pleasure and fantasy. Combining illustrative examples with activities and selected readings, accessible but not simplified, the book offers a unique resource for teachers and students in cultural studies and related fields as an introduction to this complex and central theme.

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Review: Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Culture, Media and Identities Series)

User Review  - Chrissy - Goodreads

Stuart Hall's school of thought on cultural theory is profound and yet so easy to understand. He is well-versed in breaking down how the cultures one subscribes to not only influences how one ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fira Nursya'bani - Goodreads

Representation is the production of the meaning of the concepts in our minds through language. Read full review

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Most days Stuart Hall can be found giving vision and leadership to DASH INC., a nonprofit organization that exists to develop spiritually influential students. When he's not working, Stuart can be found laughing and playing with his wife, Kellee, and their three children in their north Atlanta, Georgia, home. He dreams of when the next generation will engage culture for the fame and renown of God.