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Practices of Looking : An Introduction to Visual Culture

Practices of Looking : An Introduction to Visual Culture - 01 edition

Practices of Looking : An Introduction to Visual Culture - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780198742715

ISBN10: 0198742711

Practices of Looking : An Introduction to Visual Culture by Martia Sturken and Lisa Cartwright - ISBN 9780198742715
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Practices of Looking : An Introduction to Visual Culture by Martia Sturken and Lisa Cartwright - ISBN 9780198742715

ISBN13: 9780198742715

ISBN10: 0198742711

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Summary

Easily accessible to students with no background in visual culture.

Ideal for students studying visual culture for the first time, Practices of Looking explores the ways we use and understand images. Truly interdisciplinary, this comprehensive and engaging introduction can be used in courses across a range of disciplines including media and film studies, communications, art history, and photography. Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright look at the diverse range of recent approaches to visual analysis and lead students through key theories on visual culture, providing explanations of the fundamentals of these theories and also presenting visual examples of how they function. Using over 180 illustrations, they examine how images--paintings, prints, photographs, film, television, video, advertisements, news images, the Internet, digital images, and images from science--gain meaning in different cultural arenas, from art and commerce to science and the law. The images are analyzed in relation to a range of cultural and representational issues (desire, power, the gaze, bodies, sexuality, and ethnicity) and methodologies (semiotics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and postcolonial theory).

  • Ideal as a main text for introductory courses in visual culture, media studies, and communication
  • Lavishly illustrated; includes over 180 images that help to explain key concepts
  • Each chapter covers a range of material across cultural arenas (art, media, news, advertising, and science) and disciplines (art history, communication, media studies, science studies, and new technology)
  • Includes an analysis of digital images and the Internet in addition to coverage of more traditional media like painting and photography
  • Extensive glossary provides clearly written explanations of all the core concepts in the book
  • Authored by two of the leading figures in visual culture education

Author Bio

Sturken, Marita : University of Southern California

Marita Sturken is Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, teaching cultural studies, popular culture, and issues of technology and culture. She previously worked as a critic in independent film and video, and is the author of; Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic and the Politics of Remembering, University of California Press (1997) and Thelma and Louise, British Film Institute Modern Classics Series (2000).

Cartwright, Lisa : University of Rochester

Lisa Cartwright is Associate Professor at the University of Rochester, and Director of the Susan B. Institute for Gender and Women's Studies. She is the author of Screening the Body: Tracing Medicine's Visual Culture and co-editor of The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Gender and Science.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Practices of Looking: Images, Power, and Politics
2. Viewers Make Meaning
3. Spectatorship, Power, and Knowledge
4. Reproduction and Visual Technologies
5. The Mass Media and the Public Sphere
6. Consumer Culture and the Manufacturing of Desire
7. Postmodernism and Popular Culture
8. Scientific Looking, Looking at Science
9. The Global Flow of Visual Culture
Glossary
Index

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