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Images That Move

Edited by Patricia Spyer and Mary Margaret Steedly

Images That Move2013. 416 pp., color plates, figures, notes, references, index, 6 x 92013. 416 pp., color plates, figures, notes, references, index, 6 x 9

Images play a significant part in projects of “poetic world-making” and political transformation. They participate in the production of commensuration or of incommensurability, enact moments of prophecy or exposure, and attract or repel spectators’ attention. But any examination of images in motion must also recognize the blockages and breakdowns that prevent their movement, as well as the enframings or “stickinesses” that trap them in particular places and prevent them from reaching others. Images That Move explores topics ranging from high art to mass media, religious iconography to pornography, and popular photography to political cartoons in a range of contexts and media including photography in early twentieth-century China, art and literature in contemporary South Africa, upscale real estate development in India, occult media images and the aesthetic of appearance in urban Indonesia, and film censorship in Nigeria.

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Contributors: Ernst van Alphen, Christiane Brosius, Steven C. Caton, Finbarr Barry Flood, Brian Larkin, Oliver Moore, Rosalind C. Morris, Christopher Pinney, Patricia Spyer, Mary Margaret Steedly

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  • Images That Move is a wonderful volume, full of surprises and illuminations. This represents the most current thinking about the anxieties, entanglements, and mobilizations in work on the circulation of culture as manifest in the complexities of the image.”
    Fred R. Myers, New York University
  • “This book will be most welcome for a field that is urgently in need of ways to conceptualize the crucial work of images in the formation of subjects, publics, and social imaginaries today. The essays are richly interdisciplinary, theoretically sophisticated, and varied in terms of geographical location, type of image, and theoretical approach.”
    Karen Strassler, Queens College of the City University of New York
  • Images That Move brings together some of the most prominent and interesting thinkers in visual culture studies and the anthropology of media and images. The contributors’ essays, without exception, offer extremely original materials and perspectives on images and are grounded in first-rate scholarship.”
    Kenneth M. George, author of Picturing Islam: Art and Ethics in a Muslim Lifeworld

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