Film As Ethnography

Film As Ethnography

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This work examines the reasons why anthropologists have not used the camera as a research instrument or film as a means of communicating ethnographic knowledge. It suggests that images and words in this discipline operate on different logical levels; that they are hierarchically related; that whereas writings may encompass the images produced by film, the inverse of this cannot be true. The author argues for this position further by suggesting that the visual is to the written mode as qthin descriptionq (giving a record of the form of behaviour) is to qthick descriptionq (giving an account of meaning).Timothy Asch, Department of Anthropology, SOS 154, University of Southern California, University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0032 USA Marcus Banks, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 5 1 Banbury Road, anbsp;...

Title:Film As Ethnography
Author: Peter Ian Crawford, David Turton, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology
Publisher:Manchester University Press - 1992-11-15

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