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, Cambridge M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science, Manchester Ph.D. in Social Anthropology with Visual Media, holds a full-time research position at the Centre for Research on the Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity (CE.R.CO.) at the University of Bergamo, Italy. She has produced an ethnographic documentary in the Italian Alps and published articles and monographs on the anthropology of vision and skill in European ethnography.