Visual Communication and Culture: Images in Action

Paperback | October 19, 2011

EditorJonathan Finn

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This innovative new reader brings together twenty-five articles - both previously published and original contributions - to critically examine the production and interpretation of images across a variety of disciplines. Readings have been organized into eight thematic parts that function ascase studies, using concrete examples to stress the real-world implications of images and visual communication. An accessible introduction to each section helps students develop visual literacy skills and prepare for the readings that follow, while coverage of 'images in action' throughout offersanalysis of visual communication in different fields, including anatomy, law, cartography, museology, and photojournalism. Engaging and accessible, Visual Communication and Culture: Images in Action is essential reading for students interested in learning about the impact of images onsociety.

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This innovative new reader brings together twenty-five articles - both previously published and original contributions - to critically examine the production and interpretation of images across a variety of disciplines. Readings have been organized into eight thematic parts that function ascase studies, using concrete examples to stres...

Jonathan Finn is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of the editorial board of Wilfrid Laurier University Press. He is the author of Capturing the Criminal Image: From Mug Shot to Surveillance Society (Minnesota, 2009), as well as numerous essays on surveillance...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.66 inPublished:October 19, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195426622

ISBN - 13:9780195426625

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Table of Contents

Part One: Images, Communication, and Culture1. William M. Ivins, Jr.: Recapitulation2. Rudolph Arnheim: Vision in Education3. Susan Sontag: In Plato's CavePart Two: Images of the Body4. Kate Cregan: Blood and Circuses5. Lisa Cartwright: A Cultural Anatomy of the Visible Human Project6. Lorna Roth *: Flesh in Wax: Demystifying the Skin Colours of the Common CrayonPart Three: Visual Evidence7. Charles Goodwin: Professional Vision8. Richard K. Sherwin: Visual Literacy in Action: Law in the Age of Images9. Carole S. Vance: The Pleasures of Looking: The Attorney General's Commission on Pornography versus Visual Images10. Ira Wagman*: The Suspicious and the Self-Promotional: About Those Photographs We Post on FacebookPart Four: Maps, Charts, and Diagrams11. J.B. Harley: Deconstructing the Map12. Janet Vertesi: Mind the Gap: The London Underground Map and Users' Representations of Urban Space13. Jonathan Finn: Powell's Point: Denial and Deception at the UNPart Five: Images in the News: Photojournalism14. Dona Schwartz: To Tell the Truth: Codes of Objectivity in Photojournalism15. Karin E. Becker: Photojournalism and the Tabloid Press16. Karen Engle*: Miller's Crossing: War, Surrealism, and VoguePart Six: Collecting Culture: The Museum17. Carol Duncan: The MoMA's Hot Mamas18. Anne Whitelaw: 'Whiffs of Balsam, Pine, and Spruce': Art Museums and the Production of a Canadian Aesthetic19. Ruth B. Phillips: The Mask Stripped Bare by Its Curators: The Work of Hybridity in the Twenty-First CenturyPart Seven: Images and National Identity20. Carol Payne: Through a Canadian Lens: Discourses of Nationalism and Aboriginal Representation in Governmental Photographs21. Anne-Marie Kinahan*: Votes for Stoves: Everywoman's World and the Canadian citizen-consumer in the early twentieth century22. Peter Urquhart*: Meatballs MattersPart Eight: Images and Their Audiences23. Lynn Spigel: Television in the Family Circle24. Paul Heyer*: Virtually Live: Digital Broadcast Cinema and the Performing Arts25. Jacqueline Botterill and Stephen Kline*: From Counting Calories to Fun Food: Regulating the TV Diet in the Age of ObesityReferencesIndex*Original article

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"This text fills a gap in textbooks on the topic of visual culture and communication. . .. A thoughtful and lively collection of relevant essays that are teachable, readable, and most importantly, engaging." --Dr. Michelle Meagher, University of Alberta