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Skilled Visions

Between Apprenticeship and Standards

Edited by Cristina Grasseni
With an Epilogue by Michael Herzfeld

238 pages, 42 illus., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-210-0 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (January 2007)

ISBN  978-1-84545-703-7 $29.95/£21.00 Pb Published (November 2009)

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“I found the volume to be consistently stimulating and was excited by a new visual anthropology dwelling not in the image but in how people actually look and see…and important and timely volume that does much to further our understanding of vision. It will be of great interest to researchers and students concerned with studies of sensory perceptions.”  ·  Social Anthropology

Most arguments for a rediscovery of the body and the senses hinge on a critique of “visualism” in our globalized, technified society. This approach has led to a lack of actual research on the processes of visual “enskillment.” Providing a comprehensive spectrum of case studies in relevant contexts, this volume raises the issue of the rehabilitation of vision and contextualizes vision in the contemporary debate on the construction of local knowledge vs. the hegemony of the socio-technical network. By maintaining an ethnographic approach, the book provides practical examples that are both accessible to undergraduate students and informative for an academic audience.

Cristina Grasseni is a Professor of Anthropology at Leiden University (the Netherlands).

Related Link: European Association of Social-Anthropologists (EASA)
Series: Volume 6, EASA Series
Subject: Applied Anthropology
Area:

LC: GN277 .S55 2007

BL: YC.2011.a.4198

BISAC: SOC002000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/General; SOC000000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/General

BIC: JHM Anthropology




Contents

List of Figures

Introduction
Cristina Grasseni

PART I: SKILLED VISIONS AND THE ECOLOGY OF PRACTICE

Chapter 1. ‘To have the world at a distance’: Reconsidering the Significance of Vision for Social Anthropology
Rane Willerslev

Chapter 2. Good Looking: Learning to be a Cattle Breeder
Cristina Grasseni

Chapter 3. Icons and Transvestites: Notes on Irony, Cognition and Visual Skill
Francesco Ronzon

PART II: POSITIONING GESTURES OF DESIGN IN ART, ARCHITECTURE AND LABORATORIES

Chapter 4. Seeing and Drawing: the Role of Play in Medical Imaging
Simon Cohn

Chapter 5. Learning within the Workplaces of Artists, Anthropologists and Architects: Making Stories for Drawings and Writings
Wendy Gunn

Chapter 6. Maps and Plans in ‘Learning to See’: the London Underground and Chartres Cathedral as Examples of Performing Design
David Turnbull

PART III: THE SOCIAL SCHOOLING OF THE EYE IN SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL SETTINGS

Chapter 7. CT Suite: Visual Apprenticeship in the Age of the Mechanical Viewbox
Barry Saunders

Chapter 8. Training the Naturalist’s Eye in the Eighteenth Century: Perfect Global Visions and Local Blind Spots
Daniela Bleichmar

Chapter 9. Navigating the Brainscape: When Knowing Becomes Seeing
Andreas Roepstorff

Epilogue: Envisioning Skills: Insight, Hindsight, and Second Sight
Michael Herzfeld

Notes on Contributors
Index

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