Macroeconomics / Edition 6

Macroeconomics / Edition 6

by Andrew B. Abel
     
 

Here, Jay Ruby—a founder of visual anthropology—distills his thirty-year exploration of the relationship of film and anthropology. Spurred by a conviction that the ideal of an anthropological cinema has not even remotely begun to be realized, Ruby argues that ethnographic filmmakers should generate a set of critical standards analogous to those for written… See more details below

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Here, Jay Ruby—a founder of visual anthropology—distills his thirty-year exploration of the relationship of film and anthropology. Spurred by a conviction that the ideal of an anthropological cinema has not even remotely begun to be realized, Ruby argues that ethnographic filmmakers should generate a set of critical standards analogous to those for written ethnographies. Cinematic artistry and the desire to entertain, he argues, can eclipse the original intention, which is to provide an anthropological representation of the subjects.

The book begins with analyses of key filmmakers (Robert Flaherty, Robert Garner, and Tim Asch) who have striven to generate profound statements about human behavior on film. Ruby then discusses the idea of research film, Eric Michaels and indigenous media, the ethics of representation, the nature of ethnography, anthropological knowledge, and film and lays the groundwork for a critical approach to the field that borrows selectively from film, communication, media, and cultural studies. Witty and original, yet intensely theoretical, this collection is a major contribution to the field of visual anthropology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321482198
Publisher:
Addison Wesley
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Researching with a Camera: The Anthropologist as Picture Taker41
2The Aggie Must Come First: Robert Flaherty's Place in Ethnographic Film History67
3Robert Gardner and Anthropological Cinema95
4Out of Sync: The Cinema of Tim Asch115
5The Ethics of Image Making, or, "They're Going to Put Me in the Movies. They're Going to Make a Big Star Out of Me"137
6Exposing Yourself: Relfexivity, Anthropology, and Film151
7The Viewer Viewed: The Reception of Ethnographic Films181
8Speaking for, Speaking about, Speaking with, or Speaking Alongside195
9In the Belly of the Beast: Eric Michaels and Indigenous Media221
10Toward an Anthropological Cinema: Some Conclusions and a Possible Future239
Notes281
References291
Index317

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