Images in Use: Towards the Critical Analysis of Visual Communication

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Matteo Stocchetti, Karin Kukkonen
John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 298 pages
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News coverage of EU negotiations, children's war memories or TV series glamourising political processes images pervade both private and public discourse, and visual communication plays a key role in our social negotiation of values. Conceptualising images as images in use , this volume considers the agencies behind visual communication and its impact on society.
Images in Use engages critically with traditional approaches to visual analysis, offers suggestions for alternative, socially situated analyses of images and demonstrates the explanatory force of thinking through images in use in a series of case studies. The conceptual contributions consider broader issues of critical theory, representation, as well as the mediatisation of politics. The case studies offer a survey of current visual communication including news coverage, political cartoons, political rhetoric, memory culture, celebrity humanitarianism, reality TV, as well as the narratives of blockbuster cinema and comics.
This volume proposes a new approach to visual communication, situating images in their social contexts and identifying the real, rhetorical and political impact of their use.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Approaches to visual communication and the question of power
9
1 Images
11
2 The critical tradition in visual studies
39
3 The map the mirror and the simulacrum
55
4 Disenchantment with politics and the salience of images
69
Part II Case studies
89
5 Organising political consensus
91
7 The politics of visual representation
151
8 The politics of identity and visuality
181
9 Visual politics and celebrity humanitarianism
199
10 The economics of gay reality television
225
11 Mending endings
245
12 Representing the state of exception
269
Index
291
Copyright

6 Walls doors and exciting encounters
113

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