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Skilled Visions

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Table of Contents

List of Figures Introduction Cristina Grasseni PART I: SKILLED VISIONS AND THE ECOLOGY OF PRACTICE Chapter 1. 'To have the world at a distance': Reconsidering the Significance of Vision for Social Anthropology Rane Willerslev Chapter 2. Good Looking: Learning to be a Cattle Breeder Cristina Grasseni Chapter 3. Icons and Transvestites: Notes on Irony, Cognition and Visual Skill Francesco Ronzon PART II: POSITIONING GESTURES OF DESIGN IN ART, ARCHITECTURE AND LABORATORIES Chapter 4. Seeing and Drawing: the Role of Play in Medical Imaging Simon Cohn Chapter 5. Learning within the Workplaces of Artists, Anthropologists and Architects: Making Stories for Drawings and Writings Wendy Gunn Chapter 6. Maps and Plans in 'Learning to See': the London Underground and Chartres Cathedral as Examples of Performing Design David Turnbull PART III: THE SOCIAL SCHOOLING OF THE EYE IN SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL SETTINGS Chapter 7. CT Suite: Visual Apprenticeship in the Age of the Mechanical Viewbox Barry Saunders Chapter 8. Training the Naturalist's Eye in the Eighteenth Century: Perfect Global Visions and Local Blind Spots Daniela Bleichmar Chapter 9. Navigating the Brainscape: When Knowing Becomes Seeing Andreas Roepstorff Epilogue: Envisioning Skills: Insight, Hindsight, and Second Sight Michael Herzfeld Notes on Contributors Index

About the Author

Cristina Grasseni, Cambridge M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science, Manchester Ph.D. in Social Anthropology with Visual Media, holds a full-time research position at the Centre for Research on the Anthropology and Epistemology of Complexity (CE.R.CO.) at the University of Bergamo, Italy. She has produced an ethnographic documentary in the Italian Alps and published articles and monographs on the anthropology of vision and skill in European ethnography.


I found the volume to be consistently stimulating and was excited by a new visual anthropology dwelling not in the image but in how people actually look and see - and important and timely volume that does much to further our understanding of vision. It will be of great interest to researchers and students concerned with studies of sensory perceptions.A" * Social Anthropology

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