Images of Power and the Power of Images: Control, Ownership, and the Public Space (Space and Place 7)

Images of Power and the Power of Images: Control, Ownership, and the Public Space (Space and Place 7)

By: Judith Kapferer (editor)Paperback

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The commoditizing of the arts and popular entertainment is evidence of how the arts are seen as epiphenomenal and peripheral to the "real world." Aspects of the everyday are obscured and confounded in order to mythologize them and build authoritative pictures of so-called dominant values (family, community and nation, industry, fairness and equality) that bespeak pride and confidence in the social order. It is the aim of this volume to deconstruct and unsettle some of these constructed myths of social value. The contributors - from a range of sociological, anthropological and socio-cultural fields - explore a number of subjects ranging from an art trade festival, road-making in Peru, and mass housing to dividing walls and military operations in Jerusalem, and a Zen garden. The images and use of public space that they analyze represent political and social power in societies still caught in structures of inequality often taken for granted. By engaging a critique of contemporary cultural phenomena, they reveal the ideological role of imagery and imagination in a globalized context.

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Judith Kapferer is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is the author of Being All Equal (1996) and the editor of The Arts and the State: Articulating Power and Subversion (2008). She has written numerous journal articles in the sociological fields of education, community, arts and culture, currently focusing on access to the arts in remote places.


Introduction: Images of Power and the Power of Images Judith Kapferer Chapter 1. Twilight of the Enlightenment: The Art Fair, the Culture Industry, and the 'Creative Class' Judith Kapferer Chapter 2. Cementing Relations: The Materiality of Roads and Public Spaces in Provincial Peru Penelope Harvey Chapter 3. Multifaceted Monolith: The Hidden Diversity of Mass Housing Miles Glendinning Chapter 4. Folding and Enfolding Walls: Statist Imperatives and Bureaucratic Aesthetics in Divided Jerusalem Don Handelman Chapter 5. Body Shock: The Political Aesthetics of Death Uli Linke Chapter 6. The Symbolic Body and the Rhetoric of Power Laura Verdi Chapter 7. The Limits of Metaphor: Ideology and Representation in the Zen Garden Allen S. Weiss Chapter 8. Images of Transgression: Teyyam in Malabar Dinesan Vadakkiniyil

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  • publication date: 23/05/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780857455147
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 164
  • ID: 9780857455147
  • ISBN10: 0857455141

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