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Visual Culture - Chris Jenks

Paperback Published: 9th March 1995
ISBN: 9780415106238
Number Of Pages: 282
For Ages: 18 years old

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"Visual Culture" is a collection of original and critical essays addressing "vision" as a social and cultural process. The book exposes the organized but implicit structuring of a highly significant yet utterly routine dimension of social relations, the "seen." What we see and the manner in which we come to see it, is not simply part of a natural ability but is rather intimately linked with the ways that our society has, over time, arranged its forms of knowledge, its strategies of power and its systems of desire. We can no longer be assured that what we see is what we should believe in. There is only a social, not a formal, relation between vision and truth.
The necessity, centrality and universality of vision has been a major preoccupation of modernity and the fracture and refraction of vision are central to an understanding of the postmodern. Consequently, the role of visual depiction, the practices of visual production and reproduction, and the socialization, history and conventions of visual perception are emergent themes for sociology, cultural studies and critical theory in the visual arts. The contributors to "Visual Culture" all stem from these three traditions and all represent the vanguard of new research in their areas. Though their perceptions vary, they share a central problematic, the "visual" character of contemporary culture.

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"What has become known as the "visual turn" in contemporary cultural theory finds in this lively collection a wealth of stimulating exemplars. "Visual Culture provides fresh perspectives on a wide range of interlocking themes, from optical technologies to models of specularity, from avant-garde art to popular culture, from urban landscapes to the interiority of the modern subject." -Martin Jay, University of California at Berkeley

Acknowledgementsp. xi
The Centrality of the Eye in Western Culturep. 1
Advertisingp. 26
Reporting and Visualisingp. 42
Fractured Subjectivityp. 58
The City, the Cinema Modern Spacesp. 77
Fabulous Confusion! Pop Before Pop?p. 96
An Art of Scholarsp. 123
Notesp. 139
Watching Your Stepp. 142
Reich Dreamsp. 161
Televisionp. 170
Foucault's Opticsp. 190
Managing 'tradition'p. 202
Photography and Modern Visionp. 218
Three Images of the Visualp. 238
Indexp. 260
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ISBN: 9780415106238
ISBN-10: 0415106230
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 9th March 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1

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