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Representations are of social, political, and cultural concern - cutting across all the sub-disciplines of Human Geography. How we understand and make sense of representations relate to social and cultural norms, and in many cases our lives depend on having this awareness. This chapter traces how Human Geography has approached representation. It situates this within the social sciences as a whole and connects it to broader philosophical shifts. We journey from how representations were seemingly taken at face value prior to the 1970s, explain the ‘crisis of representation’, and end on some more recent work in cultural geography that has sought to enliven how representations are understood and approached.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConcise Encyclopedia of Human Geography.
EditorsDemeritt David, Loretta Lees
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherEdward Elgar
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • representation
  • representational
  • crisis of representation
  • cultural turn
  • non-representational


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