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Description - Transcultural Cinema by David MacDougall

This text articulates central issues in the relation of film to anthropology. The essays provide an overview of the history of visual anthropology, as well as commentaries on specific subjects, such as point-of-view and subjectivity, the use of subtitles, the role of the cinema subject, the difference between films and written texts and between the position of the filmmaker and that of the anthropological writer. Ultimately, the author disputes the view that ethnographic filmmaking is merely a visual form of anthropology, maintaining instead that it is a radical anthropological practice, which challenges many of the basic assumptions of the discipline of anthropology itself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691012346
ISBN-10: 0691012342
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 7-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David MacDougall

David MacDougall is Queen Elizabeth II Fellow and Convenor, Program in Visual Research, Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University, Canberra. Lucien Taylor is the author, with Ilisa Barbash, of Cross-Cultural Filmmaking: A Handbook for Making Documentary and Ethnographic Films and Videos (California). Formerly, he was the editor of the journal Visual Anthropology Review, published by the American Anthropological Association.

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