Skilled Visions: Between Apprenticeship and Standards

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Cristina Grasseni
Berghahn Books, 2007 - Social Science - 226 pages

Most arguments for a rediscovery of the body and the senses hinge on a critique of "visualism" in our globalized, technified society. This approach has led to a lack of actual research on the processes of visual "enskillment." Providing a comprehensive spectrum of case studies in relevant contexts, this volume raises the issue of the rehabilitation of vision and contextualizes vision in the contemporary debate on the construction of local knowledge vs. the hegemony of the socio-technical network. By maintaining an ethnographic approach, the book provides practical examples that are both accessible to undergraduate students and informative for an academic audience.

 

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Contents

The Social Schooling of the Eye in Scientific
15
Reconsidering the
23
Learning to be a Cattle Breeder
47
Notes on Irony Cognition
67
Positioning Gestures of Design in Art Architecture
89
Learning within the Workplaces of Artists
106
the London
125
Visual Apprenticeship in the Age of the
145
Training the Naturalists Eye in the Eighteenth
166
When Knowing
191
Insight Hindsight and
207
Index
221
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Cristina Grasseni is a Professor of Anthropology at Leiden University (the Netherlands).

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