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visual anthropology

a recently established branch of social anthropology which investigates the visual dimensions of societies, and is based on the assumption that different cultures frequently involve a strongly visual component, i.e. they look different. The visual can be recorded in various ways, including sketches, photographs, film and videotape, and visual anthropology both employs and explores the implications of the use of such methods in sociology as well as anthropology (see Ball and Smith, 1991).
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International contributors are scholars in cultural theory, visual anthropology, media studies, art history, textile studies, social sciences, philosophy, literature, and critical theory.
(2000) 'Self and accessory in Gambian studio photography', Visual Anthropology Review 16 (2): 71-91.
This investigation applies the tool set of visual anthropology and visual studies to writers for a deeper understanding of visual ecosystems.
(2.) On this theme, see other contributions to the special issue of Visual Anthropology Review 34( 1) edited by Jennifer Biddle and Tess Lea.
I have continued to find it productive to think across the work of Weerasethakul and Viveiros de Castro ever since, particularly since I started teaching visual anthropology in the UK (1) and felt the need to open "lines of flight" (Deleuze and Guattari 1987) from the filmic practices most commonly associated with this discipline, namely reflexive realism (see Loizos 1993) and more recently sensory observational cinema (see Grimshaw and Ravetz 2009; MacDougall 2006).
To scholars of the history of photography, German cultural studies, art history, visual anthropology, and other disciplines who have long recognized photography's conceptual potentials, it is not news that some disciplines struggle with photographs more than others.
Examining borders in a transcultural context, Andrialavidrazana's photographic projects open up possibilities for storytelling through visual anthropology.
Biddle is Director of Visual Anthropology and Visual Culture at the National Institute for Experimental Arts and the University of New South Wales and has spent more than three decades working with Warlpiri communities in Central Australia conducting research.
Her research interests are in the field of visual anthropology, video activism, gender and nonviolent protest.
The presentation of these photos is the first step toward what Khosronejad sees as a new methodology in the visual anthropology of modern Iran:""We have lots of visual materials that have research value.
Among her publications and films are the co-authored volumes World History: Journeys from Past to Present (London: Routledge 2008); In the Balance: Themes in Global History (McGraw-Hill, 1998); and the video The Blooms of Banjeli: Technology and Gender in West-African Iron-Making (Documentary Educational Resources, 1986), which won the Society for Visual Anthropology Award of Excellence.
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