Thick description - anthropology and film. Cover Image
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Opis gęsty - antropologia i film.
Thick description - anthropology and film.

Author(s): Patrycja Włodek
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: anthropology

Summary/Abstract: According to the reviewer Sławomir Sikora’s book "Film i paradoksy wizualności. Praktykowanie antropologii" ("Film and Paradoxes of Visuality. Practicing Anthropology", 2012) introduces issues of visual anthropology that are still not widely known or described in Poland. The author discusses both the history of anthropological films (from their beginning in 1895), the theory and development of anthropology and its visual subdiscipline, but also refers to documentary cinema, evoking both the subsequent definitions of the discipline and using the examples of film analysis – tools and research methods of anthropology. Sikora highlights both the interdisciplinary potential of anthropology, as well as its academic reflexivity. The purpose of the book seems to be both historical and definitional anchoring of the discipline (even if this definition turns out to be precisely the lack of definition, but rather a process, or a kind of flickering and constant volatility), a reminder of its equal role in the world of science, as well as highlighting the most important film achievements of visual anthropology.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 82
  • Page Range: 230-236
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Polish