Observational Cinema: Anthropology, Film, and the Exploration of Social Life

Observational Cinema: Anthropology, Film, and the Exploration of Social Life

by Anna Grimshaw, Amanda Ravetz


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253221582
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2009
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Anna Grimshaw is Associate Professor in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University. She is author of Servants of the Buddha and The Ethnographer’s Eye: Ways of Seeing in Modern Anthropology.

Amanda Ravetz is Research Fellow at Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Table of Contents


Part One.
1. What Is Observational Cinema?
2. Social Observers: Robert Drew, Albert and David Maysles, Frederick Wiseman

Part Two.
3. Observational Cinema in the Making: The Work of Herb Di Gioia and David Hancock
4. Observational Cinema on the Move: The Work of David MacDougall

Part Three.
5. Rethinking Observational Cinema
6. Toward an Experimental Anthropology


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author of The Power of the Between: An Anthropological Odyssey - Paul Stoller

Grimshaw and Ravetz not only demonstrate felicitous linkages between visual and social anthropology, which is highly welcomed, but between anthropological gazes and artistic visions. We need more of these kinds of expanded multidisciplinary works for they break new ground and expand the space of imagination.

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