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Visual anthropology as a discipline of words. On the importance of the verbal in visual archives


Thurnherr, Christof (2012). Visual anthropology as a discipline of words. On the importance of the verbal in visual archives. Newsletter, (61):32-33.

Abstract

Paul Hockings’ Principles of Visual Anthropology opened with Margaret Mead’s article ‘Visual Anthropology in a Discipline of Words’. In her prefatory lines Mead lamented that too many research projects “insist on continuing the hopelessly inadequate note-taking of an earlier age.” Today, some forty years after the first publication of Mead’s text, the opposition of the verbal and the visual still seems to loom over the full acceptance of the visual in cultural anthropology.

Paul Hockings’ Principles of Visual Anthropology opened with Margaret Mead’s article ‘Visual Anthropology in a Discipline of Words’. In her prefatory lines Mead lamented that too many research projects “insist on continuing the hopelessly inadequate note-taking of an earlier age.” Today, some forty years after the first publication of Mead’s text, the opposition of the verbal and the visual still seems to loom over the full acceptance of the visual in cultural anthropology.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:790 Sports, games & entertainment
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Photography, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Visual Anthropology, Pashtu, wedding, Kabul
Language:English
Date:October 2012
Deposited On:23 Oct 2012 09:33
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:00
Publisher:International Institute for Asian Studies
ISSN:0929-8738
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.iias.nl/the-newsletter
Related URLs:http://opac.nebis.ch/F/?local_base=EBI01&con_lng=GER&func=find-b&find_code=090&request=001011831
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-65533

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