With the ‘cultural turn’, the concept of culture has assumed enormous importance in our understanding of the interrelations between social, political, and economic structures, patterns of everyday interaction, and systems of meaning-making. In The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Analysis, the leading figures in their fields explore the implications of this paradigm shift. Addressed to academics and advanced students in all fields of the social sciences and humanities, this Handbook is at once a synthesis of advances in the field, with a comprehensive coverage of the scholarly literature, and a collection of original and provocative essays by some of the brightest intellectuals of our time.
Chapter 30: Visual Anthropology1
Visual anthropology is a branch of social anthropology (cultural anthropology in the USA). However, more generally it is an international sub-discipline, the practitioners of which are spread globally. In the latter twentieth century their meeting points were through travel and attendance at international ethnographic film festivals. This is still an important part of the ‘culture’ of contemporary visual anthropology with festivals held regularly in the USA, Britain and across Europe, in France, Romania, Italy, Scandinavian countries and Germany to name but a few; although today work is often shared and networks activated electronically through email and on-line, CD-ROM and DVD exhibitions of visual practice and writing. The subdiscipline is also represented by its publications, networks and professional associations. These include the Society ...