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Visualizing Anthropology

Experimenting with Image-Based Ethnography

Questions of vision and knowledge are central to debates about the world in which we live. Developing new analytical approaches toward ways of seeing is a key challenge facing those working across a wide range of disciplines. How can visuality be understood on its own terms rather than by means of established textual frameworks? Visualizing Anthropology takes up this challenge. Bringing together a range of perspectives anchored in practice, the book maps experiments in the forms and techniques of visual enquiry.

The origins of this collection lie in visual anthropology. Although the field has greatly expanded and diversified, many of the key debates continue to be focused around the textual concerns of the mainstream discipline. In seeking to establish a more genuinely visual anthropology, the editors have sought to forge links with other kinds of image-based projects. Ethnography is the shared space of practice. Understood not as a specialized method but as cultural critique, the book explores new collaborative possibilities linked to image-based work.

250 pages | 6-3/4 x 9

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Visualizing Anthropology
Anna Grimshaw and Amanda Ravetz
Eyeing the Field: New Horizons for Visual Anthropology
Anna Grimshaw
Reflections of a Neophyte: A University Versus a Broadcast Context
Julie Moggan
Seeing is Believing: An Ethnographer’s Encounter with Television Documentary
Rachel Robertson
Cameras at the Addy: Speaking in Pictures with City Kids
Margeret Loescher
News from Home: Reflections on Fine Art and Anthropology
Amanda Ravetz
Give Me a Call
Elspeth Owen
The Experience and the Object: Making a Documentary Video Installation
Inga Burrows
Setting Up Roots, or the Anthropologist on the Set: Observations on the Shooting of a Cinema Movie in a Mapuche Reservation, Argentina
Arnd Schneider
The Filmed Return of the Natives – To a Colonizing Territory of Terror
Judith Okely
Becoming an Artist-Ethnographer
Roanna Heller
Creation and I, Me and My Work: A Personal Account of Relations Between Film, Film-maker and Teaching
Erik Knudsen
Making Nothing Happen: Notes for a Seminar
Pavel Büchler

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