Beyond text?

Critical practices and sensory anthropology

Edited by Rupert Cox, Andrew Irving and Christopher Wright

Beyond text?
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  • ISBN: 9780719085055
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8505-5
    • Pages: 240
    • Price: £90.00
    • Published Date: May 2016


    Beyond text? Critical practices and sensory anthropology is about the relationship between anthropological understandings of the world, sensory perception and aesthetic practices. It suggests that if different sensory experiences embody and facilitate different kinds of knowledge, then we need to develop new methods and more creative forms of representation that are not based solely around text or on correspondence theories of truth. The volume brings together leading figures in anthropology, visual and sound studies to explore how knowledge, sensation and embodied experiences can be researched and represented by combining different visual, aural and textual forms which it demonstrates through an accompanying DVD.

    The book and DVD make an argument for a necessary, critical development in anthropological ways of knowing that take place not merely at the level of theory and representation but also through innovative fieldwork methods and media practices.


    Introduction: The sense of the senses - Rupert Cox, Andrew Irving and Christoper Wright
    1. Appropriations across disciplines: the future of art and anthropology collaborations - Arnd Schneider
    2. Spiti: some notes on the practice of documentary photography - Patrick Sutherland
    3. Random Manhattan: thinking and moving beyond text - Andrew Irving
    4. Exile, the sorrow of time and place - Lydia Nakashima Degarrod
    5. Looking for Libeskind in Sri Lanka - James Thompson
    6. The saving face of death: anthropology and the scene of knowing - Paul Carter
    7. Transplant (excerpt) - John Wynne and Tim Wainwright
    8. Ochlophonic Study #3: Hong Kong (excerpt) - John Levack Drever
    9. The Castaways Project
    Steven Feld and Virginia Ryan
    10. Air Pressure: a sound film - Angus Carlyle and Rupert Cox
    11. Sounds from Dangerous Places: Chernobyl - Peter Cusack
    12. Contest Behaviour (excerpt) - Louise K. Wilson
    13. Films about ordinary people: the Japanese home drama and virtual ethnography - Catherine Russell
    14. Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Short Films - Jeff Daniel Silva
    15. Sweetgrass: 'Baaaaaaah. Bleeeeeeet.' - Lucien Castaing-Taylor
    16. Cottonopolis: cinematography, ethnography, historiography and texture - Cathy Greenhalgh
    17. Christmas with Wawa: a video experiment with Yolngu aesthetics - Jennifer Deger
    18. Sensing cultures: cinema, ethnography and the senses - David Howes
    19. After cultural theory: the power of images, the lure of immediacy - Janet Wolff
    Appendix: DVD contents


    Rupert Cox is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester

    Andrew Irving is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Director of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester

    Christopher Wright is Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London

    Beyond text?

    Edited by Rupert Cox, Andrew Irving, Christopher Wright

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