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Beyond text?Critical practices and sensory anthropology$
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Rupert Cox, Andrew Irving, and Christopher Wright

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085055

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085055.001.0001

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Sensing cultures: cinema, ethnography and the senses

Sensing cultures: cinema, ethnography and the senses

(p.173) 18. Sensing cultures: cinema, ethnography and the senses
Beyond text?

David Howes

Manchester University Press

This essay reflects on various contributions to the Beyond Text volume, from the point of view of the anthropology of the senses. It makes the point that sensory anthropology has a long history in the discipline, which although side-lined by the approach to ‘culture as text’ and subsequent experiments with writing, has recently been revived; not least by the 2007 conference that gave rise to this book. It comments particularly on the critical potential of the medium of film to be a form of sensory ethnography and takes issue with the phenomenological arguments of the anthropologist Tim Ingold.

Keywords:   Senses, Perception, Ingold, Tim, Visual anthropology, Seeing, Film

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