Picturing Culture Explorations of Film and Anthropology

ISBN-10: 0226730999

ISBN-13: 9780226730998

Edition: 2000

Authors: Jay Ruby

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Here, Jay Ruby—a founder of visual anthropology—distills his thirty-year exploration of the relationship of film and anthropology. Spurred by a conviction that the ideal of an anthropological cinema has not even remotely begun to be realized, Ruby argues that ethnographic filmmakers should generate a set of critical standards analogous to those for written ethnographies. Cinematic artistry and the desire to entertain, he argues, can eclipse the original intention, which is to provide an anthropological representation of the subjects.The book begins with analyses of key filmmakers (Robert Flaherty, Robert Garner, and Tim Asch) who have striven to generate profound statements about human behavior on film. Ruby then discusses the idea of research film, Eric Michaels and indigenous media, the ethics of representation, the nature of ethnography, anthropological knowledge, and film and lays the groundwork for a critical approach to the field that borrows selectively from film, communication, media, and cultural studies. Witty and original, yet intensely theoretical, this collection is a major contribution to the field of visual anthropology.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 354
Size: 8.75" wide x 6.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Jay Ruby�is professor emeritus of anthropology at Temple University and the author or editor of numerous books.

Preface
Introduction
Researching with a Camera: The Anthropologist as Picture Taker
The Aggie Must Come First: Robert Flaherty's Place in Ethnographic Film History
Robert Gardner and Anthropological Cinema
Out of Sync: The Cinema of Tim Asch
The Ethics of Image Making; or, "They're Going to Put Me in the Movies. They're Going to Make a Big Star Out of Me"
Exposing Yourself: Reflexivity, Anthropology, and Film
The Viewer Viewed: The Reception of Ethnographic Films
Speaking for, Speaking about, Speaking with, or Speaking Alongside
In the Belly of the Beast: Eric Michaels and Indigenous Media
Toward an Anthropological Cinema: Some Conclusions and a Possible Future
Notes
References
Index
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