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Picturing Culture: Explorations in Film and Anthropology

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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.

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. Researching with a Camera: The Anthropologist as Picture Taker

2. The Aggie Must Come First: Robert Flaherty's Place in Ethnographic Film History

3. Robert Gardner and Anthropological Cinema

4. Out of Sync: The Cinema of Tim Asch

5. 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"

6. Exposing Yourself: Reflexivity, Anthropology, and Film

7. The Viewer Viewed: The Reception of Ethnographic Films

8. Speaking for, Speaking about, Speaking with, or Speaking Alongside

9. In the Belly of the Beast: Eric Michaels and Indigenous Media

10. Toward an Anthropological Cinema: Some Conclusions and a Possible Future

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226730981
Author:
Ruby, Jay
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Motion pictures in ethnology
Subject:
Visual anthropology
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Culture in motion pictures
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
354
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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