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Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture

Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture - 2nd edition

Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780195314403

ISBN10: 0195314409

Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture by Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright - ISBN 9780195314403
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 09
Copyright: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture by Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright - ISBN 9780195314403

ISBN13: 9780195314403

ISBN10: 0195314409

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 2ND 09
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Summary

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 examine 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 presenting visual examples of how they function. Using over 175 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. They also consider how these images travel globally and in distinct cultures; how they are an integral and important aspect of our lives. The images are analyzed in relation to a range of cultural and representational issues (desire, power, the gaze, bodies, sexuality, ethnicity) and methodologies (semiotics, marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism, postcolonial theory). Central topics such as ideology, the concept of the spectator, the role of reproduction in visual culture, the mass media and the public sphere, consumer culture, and postmodernism are explained in depth.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 Images, Power, and Politics 9

Ch. 2 Viewers Make Meaning 49

Ch. 3 Modernity: Spectatorship, Power, and Knowledge 93

Ch. 4 Realism and Perspective: From Renaissance Painting to Digital Media 141

Ch. 5 Visual Technologies, Image Reproduction, and the Copy 183

Ch. 6 Media in Everyday Life 223

Ch. 7 Advertising, Consumer Cultures, and Desire 265

Ch. 8 Postmodernism, Indie Media, and Popular Culture 307

Ch. 9 Scientific Looking, Looking at Science 347

Ch. 10 The Global Flow of Visual Culture 389

Glossary 431

Picture credits 467

Index 477