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Antinomies of representation: Anthropology as an ekphrastic process

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This article addresses a profound anthropological issue: how do representation and the represented relate? What motivates or warrants the inevitable disconnection? It is a mistake to dismiss representation as misguided, oppressive, or misleading. Representation is part of cognition generally and natural language in particular. As such it is inescapable and part of how we think and talk about the world. Moving between visual and linguistic anthropology I suggest that photographs and portraits ...

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Published
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10.14318/hau4.3

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal:
Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory Journal website
Volume:
4
Issue:
3
Pages:
341–362
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ISSN:
2049-1115
Language:
English
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uuid:57f73f3b-09ac-47c9-955f-4bc411e9e77e
Local pid:
ora:9712
Deposit date:
2015-01-09

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