Grimshaw's exploration of the role of vision within modern anthropology engages with current debates about ocularcentism, investigating the relationship between vision and kwledge in ethgraphic enquiry. Using John Berger's tion of 'ways of seeing', the author argues that vision operates differently as a technique and theory of kwledge within the discipline. In the first part of the book she examines contrasting visions at work in the so-called classical British school, reassessing the legacy of Rivers, Maliwski and Radcliffe-Brown through the lens of early modern art and cinema. In the second part of the book, the changing relationship between vision and kwledge is explored through the anthropology of Jean Rouch, David and Judith MacDougall, and Melissa Llewelyn-Davies. Vision is foregrounded in the work of these contemporary ethgraphers, focusing more general questions about technique and epistemology whether image-based media are used or t in ethgraphic enquiry.
Anna Grimshaw is Lecturer in Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester. She is the author of Servants of the Buddha (1992) and editor of the C.L.R. James Reader (1992).