The Cinnematic Society

Norman K. Denzin

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The Cinnematic Society

Norman K. Denzin

The voyeur’s Gaze

What influence does the cinema have on visual culture and social understanding? In what ways are we products of the cinematic gaze? This timely book, written by one of the leading commentators in the sociology of culture, highlights the extent to which the cinema has contributed to the rise of voyeurism throughout society.

The cinema not only turns its audience into voyeurs, eagerly following the lives of its screen characters, but repeatedly casts its key players as onlookers, spying on other people’s lives. The nature of the cinematic voyeur the obsessive outsider, the ethnic or sexual Other – is
examined in depth, as are its implications for contempor ary society. Denzin analyses Hollywood’s manipulations of gender, race and class, and, drawing on the work of Foucault, argues that the cinematic gaze must be under stood as part of the machinery of surveillance and power
which regulates social behaviour in the late twentieth Century.

The effect of the cinema in the social construction of everyday life has rarely been explored with such penetration and clarity. Ranging over a rich and varied array of material from film and film literature, and encompassing a critical interrogation of traditional realist ethnographic
and cinematic texts, The Cinematic Society will be essential reading for students of social theory, sociology of culture and film studies.

Norman K. Denzin is Professor of Sociology, Communications and Humanities at the University of
illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His most recent publications include Symbolic Interaction and Cultural Studies (1991), Images of Postmodern Society: Social Theory and Contemporary Cinema (1991) and Handbook of Qualitative Research (edited with Yvonna S. Lincoln, 1994).

Adopting as a central premise the notion that the constitution of subjectivity occurs through the gaze ot the Other, and locating the voyeur as the anti-hero of Cinematic society, Denzin enters into a brilliant analysis of multiple forms of the voyeur’s gaze’ Peter MclLaren, University of California, Los Angeles

ISBN 9780803986589
uit 1995
247 pagina’s
Afmetingen boek: 15.5 x 23.5 x 2 cm
Uitgever: Sage Publications

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