Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.
Chapter 16: The Pope at Reunion: Hagiography, Casting, and Imagination
The Pope at Reunion: Hagiography, Casting, and Imagination
Event and Meaning
The concept of an event is ambiguous. It refers to several types of realities. Although these realities are distinct, they are all linked to the universe of meaning. All of them aspire to be rendered into speech; all beg access to narratives. Certain events are accidents, unpredictable or unpredicted happenings. Historians will eventually undertake to integrate such events into continuities. They will acquire meaning through a retrospective operation. Such events are presented by the English critic Paddy Scannell (2000) as “happenings,” as “things that occur,” things to which we try to ascribe meaning. When such events occur, the first requirement is that they be considered noteworthy. ...