In the past decade, the way we look at political representation has changed. A new wave of thinking shows how representation rises from claims to speak for others, and how the claims are performed and received. The claim-based approach introduces new characters to the drama of representation, such as non-elective, shape-shifting and transnational representatives. Written by an originator of this approach, Making Representations responds to critical questions about the practice and the legitimacy of representation in today’s politics. It also expands the scope of the representative claim approach by exploring innovative themes such as performances of representation, becoming representative, and how we can generate political insights by exploring artistic representation.
In this masterful book, Michael Saward not only responds to his critics, but also tests the multidimensional borders of his theory, looking at representation outside formal political institutions, past traditionally political forms of communication, and beyond the micro level. Making Representations helps us think systematically about a social practice whose creative nature inherently confounds efforts to contain it within rigid analytical frameworks.