The Coded Gaze in Anthropology


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“There is no need for conflict between science and art, between fact and story.” (Madden, 2010, p.24)

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“As anthropologists discover new subjects — either in established visual cultural forms or in evolving uses of the visual media — they may well redefine the terrain of anthropology.” (MacDougall, 1999)

“Theory should not be treated as a rule to which we find people to tightly conform, it is a guide to help us understand why humans do and think the things they do. Theory is our tool to master; it should not master us.” (Madden, 2010, p.18)

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“The point I want to make about the ethnographic gaze is that all ethnographers develop one; our vision is inevitably shaped by our theoretical climate, the people and questions that interest us, and our own experiences, predispositions and foibles.” (Madden, 2010, p. 100)



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