Iconic Power: Materiality and Meaning in Social Life

Iconic Power: Materiality and Meaning in Social Life


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Acollection of original articles that explore social aspects of the phenomenon of icon. Having experienced the benefits and realized the limitations of so called 'linguistic turn', sociology has recently acknowledged a need to further expand its horizons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137375964
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Series: Cultural Sociology
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University, USA
Dominik Bartmański, Yale University, USA
Gottfried Boehm, Basel University, Switzerland
Hans Belting, Northwestern University, USA
Fuyuki Kurasawa, York University, Canada
Wendy Bowler, LaTrobe University, Australia
Werner Binder, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Philip Smith, Yale University, USA
Ian Woodward, Griffith University, Australia
David Ellison, Griffith University, Australia
Daniel uber, University of Lucerne, Switzerland
Slobodan Karamanić, Ljubljana Graduate School of the Humanities, Slovenia
Valentin Rauer, Goethe University Frankfurt Main, Germany

Bernhard Giesen, Universität Konstanz, Germany
Julia Sonnevend, Columbia University, USA

Piotr Sztompka, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Table of Contents

Materiality and Meaning in Social Life: Toward an Iconic Turn in Cultural Sociology; D.Bartmanski & J.Alexander PART I Representation, Presentation, Presence: Tracing the Homo Pictor; G.Boehm Iconic Power and Performance: the Role of the Critic; J.Alexander PART II Inconspicuous Revolutions of 1989. Culture and Contingency in The Making of Political Icons; D.Bartmanski The Making of Humanitarian Visual Icons. On the 1921-1923 Russian Famine as Foundational Event; F.Kurasawa Seeing Tragedy in the News Images of September 11; W.Bowler The Emergence of Iconic Depth. Secular Icons in a Comparative Perspective; W.Binder PART III Shifting Extremism: On the Political Iconology in Post-socialist Serbia; D.Šuber & S.Karamanic The Visualization of Uncertainty: HIV Statistics in Public Media; V.Rauer How To Make an Iconic Commodity: The Case of Penfolds' Grange Wine; I.Woodward & D.Ellison Becoming Iconic. The Cases of Woodsk and Bayreuth; P.Smith PART IV Body and Image; H.Belting Iconic Difference and Seduction; B.Giesen Iconic Rituals. Towards a Social Theory of Encountering Images; J.Sonnevend Visible Meanings; P.Sztompka Afterword; B.Giesen

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