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Film as Ethnography - Peter Crawford

Film as Ethnography

By: Peter Crawford (Editor), David Turton (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th September 1992
ISBN: 9780719036835
Number Of Pages: 322

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This work examines the reasons why anthropologists have not used the camera as a research instrument or film as a means of communicating ethnographic knowledge. It suggests that images and words in this discipline operate on different logical levels; that they are hierarchically related; that whereas writings may encompass the images produced by film, the inverse of this cannot be true. The author argues for this position further by suggesting that the visual is to the written mode as "thin description" (giving a record of the form of behaviour) is to "thick description" (giving an account of meaning).

List of illustrations
Authority, representation and anthropological knowledge
Introductionp. 3
Anthropological visions: some notes on visual and textual authorityp. 8
The lexical spaces of eye-spyp. 26
Admissible evidence? Film in anthropologyp. 50
Film as discourse: the invention of anthropological realitiesp. 66
Image, audience and aesthetics
Introductionp. 85
Complicities of stylep. 90
The aesthetics of ambiguityp. 99
Which films are the ethnographic films?p. 116
Who constructs anthropological knowledge? Toward a theory of ethnographic film spectatorshipp. 131
Politics, ethics and indigenous imagery
Introductionp. 165
Anthropological transparency: film, representation and politicsp. 171
Visual imperialism and the export of prejudice: an exploration of ethnographic filmp. 183
The ethics of ethnographic film-makingp. 196
Myths, racism and opportunism: film and TV representations of the Sanp. 205
Picturing culture through indigenous imagery: a telling storyp. 222
Representation by the Other: Indonesian cultural documentationp. 242
Television and new technologies
Introductionp. 259
Anthropology in broadcastingp. 264
Television narrative and ethnographic filmp. 274
Anthropology on television: what next?p. 283
Hypermedia in ethnographyp. 300
The potentials of videodisc in visual anthropology: some examplesp. 312
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780719036835
ISBN-10: 0719036836
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 10th September 1992
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 234.0 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5