Made to Be Seen: Perspectives on the History of Visual Anthropology

Paperback | July 15, 2011

EditorMarcus Banks

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Made to be Seen brings together leading scholars of visual anthropology to examine the historical development of this multifaceted and growing field. Expanding the definition of visual anthropology beyond more limited notions, the contributors to Made to be Seen reflect on the role of the visual in all areas of life. Different essays critically examine a range of topics: art, dress and body adornment, photography, the built environment, digital forms of visual anthropology, indigenous media, the body as a cultural phenomenon, the relationship between experimental and ethnographic film, and more.

The first attempt to present a comprehensive overview of the many aspects of an anthropological approach to the study of visual and pictorial culture, Made to be Seen will be the standard reference on the subject for years to come. Students and scholars in anthropology, sociology, visual studies, and cultural studies will greatly benefit from this pioneering look at the way the visual is inextricably threaded through most, if not all, areas of human activity.

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Made to be Seen brings together leading scholars of visual anthropology to examine the historical development of this multifaceted and growing field. Expanding the definition of visual anthropology beyond more limited notions, the contributors to Made to be Seen reflect on the role of the visual in all areas of life. Different essays c...

Marcus Banks is professor of visual anthropology at the University of Oxford and the author, most recently, of Using Visual Data in Qualitative Research. Jay Ruby is professor emeritus of anthropology at Temple University and the author or editor of numerous books, including Picturing Culture: Essays on Film and Anthropology, also publ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:July 15, 2011Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Made To Be Seen: Historical Perspectives on Visual Anthropology
Marcus Banks and Jay Ruby

1 Skilled Visions: Toward an Ecology of Visual Inscriptions
Cristina Grasseni

2 Material Visions: Dress and Textiles
Sandra Dudley

3
 Visual Anthropology and the Built Environment: Interpenetrations of the Visible and the Invisible
Roxana Waterson

4
 Unfinished Dialogues: Notes toward an Alternative History of Art and Anthropology
Arnd Schneider

5
 Theorizing “the Body” in Visual Culture
Brenda Farnell

6
 Tracing Photography
Elizabeth Edwards

7
 Ethnographic Film
Matthew Durington and Jay Ruby

Digital Visual Anthropology: Potentials and Challenges
Sarah Pink

9
 Native Intelligence: A Short History of Debates on Indigenous Media and Ethnographic Film
Faye Ginsburg

10
 Productive Dissonance and Sensuous Image-Making: Visual Anthropology and Experimental Film
Kathryn Ramey

11
 Anthropology and the Problem of Audience Reception
Stephen Putnam Hughes

Hindsight/Postscript
Ethical and Epistemic Reflections on/of Anthropological Vision
Michael Herzfeld

Bibliography
Filmography
Contributors
Index