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The Representative Claim$
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Michael Saward

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579389.001.0001

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Variations and resources

Variations and resources

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The Representative Claim

Michael Saward (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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