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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: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Researching with a Camera: The Anthropologist as Picture Taker 41
2 The Aggie Must Come First: Robert Flaherty's Place in Ethnographic Film History 67
3 Robert Gardner and Anthropological Cinema 95
4 Out of Sync: The Cinema of Tim Asch 115
5 The 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
6 Exposing Yourself: Relfexivity, Anthropology, and Film 151
7 The Viewer Viewed: The Reception of Ethnographic Films 181
8 Speaking for, Speaking about, Speaking with, or Speaking Alongside 195
9 In the Belly of the Beast: Eric Michaels and Indigenous Media 221
10 Toward an Anthropological Cinema: Some Conclusions and a Possible Future 239
Notes 281
References 291
Index 317
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