Concepts / Theory

Representation

Stuart Hall (2007) describes three different approaches to the idea of representation.

1) ‘Reflective’ Approachmeaning is held in an object or the world; creation of a narrative by an individual ‘reflects‘ that meaning.

2) ‘Intentional’ Approachmeaning is under the control of the individual creating the narrative; the individual projects meaning onto objects and the world

3) ‘Constructionist’ Approachmeaning does not reside with the object or the individual; meaning is socially constructed through representational systems; the representational systems allow meaning to occur, rather than it occurring via the object or the individual

from ‘The work of representation’ in Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (1997)

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