Revista de Sociologia e Política
versão impressa ISSN 0104-4478
MENDONCA, Daniel de. Notes on the "effects of presence"of representation. Rev. Sociol. Polit. [online]. 2004, n.23, pp. 79-87. ISSN 0104-4478. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-44782004000200008.
The goal of this paper is to develop a theoretical discussion of political representation and radicalize it to the point where it can be fused with with Weber's notion of domination. This requires beginning from the premise that we are facing a particular type - and effect- of representation: charismatic representation associated with what we can refer to as its "effect of presence". Our proposal thus becomes that of explaining the blind faith of those who are represented by, or are devotees or followers of a charismatic leader. Thus, we will begin with a idea of representation lato sensu - that of "being in someone else's place" - and the necessary distinction between the one whom represents and the one who is represented. This will be followed by the analysis of the possibility of dealing, from a Weberian perspective, of charismatic representation as a particular type of representation, which Weber refers to as "appropriate representation". Lastly, we will deal specifically with the "effects of presence" of representation and of the explanation of charisma from the point of view of those who are represented, through the use of Derrida's notion of "supplément".
Palavras-chave : political representation; supplement; charisma; the "effects of presence" of representation.