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The Ethnographer's Eye

The Ethnographer's Eye
Ways of Seeing in Anthropology


  • Date Published: July 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521774758

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  • Grimshaw's exploration of the role of vision within modern anthropology engages with current debates about ocularcentism, investigating the relationship between vision and knowledge in ethnographic enquiry. Using John Berger's notion of 'ways of seeing', the author argues that vision operates differently as a technique and theory of knowledge within the discipline. In the first part of the book she examines contrasting visions at work in the so-called classical British school, reassessing the legacy of Rivers, Malinowski and Radcliffe-Brown through the lens of early modern art and cinema. In the second part of the book, the changing relationship between vision and knowledge is explored through the anthropology of Jean Rouch, David and Judith MacDougall, and Melissa Llewelyn-Davies. Vision is foregrounded in the work of these contemporary ethnographers, focusing more general questions about technique and epistemology whether image-based media are used or not in ethnographic enquiry.

    • Articulates a critical intellectual agenda for a new visual anthropology which transcends the old division between words and images
    • Offers an original perspective on anthropology's intellectual history
    • Develops a critical anthropological perspective toward documentary cinema and television
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    'The Ethnographer's Eye is an excellent contribution to mainstream and visual anthropology.' Ethnos

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521774758
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 150 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Visualizing Anthropology: The Modernist Moment and After, 1895–1945:
    1. Anxious visions: rivers, cubism and anthropological modernism
    2. The innocent eye: Flaherty, Malinowski and the romantic quest
    3. The light of reason: Grierson, Radcliffe-Brown and the Enlightenment project
    Part II. Anthropological Visions: Cinema and Anthropology in the Postwar World:
    4. The anthropological cinema of Jean Rouch
    5. The anthropological cinema of David and Judith MacDougall
    6. The anthropological television of Melissa Llewelyn-Davies.

  • Author

    Anna Grimshaw, University of Manchester
    Anna Grimshaw is Lecturer in Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester. She is the author of Servants of the Buddha (1992) and editor of the C.L.R. James Reader (1992).

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