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Monday, September 19, 2016 THEORIES OF SOCIOLOGY A. Images 1. Images represent social realities and at the same time, shape the ways people think and interact. 2. Inner images or mental imagination, physical expressionists such as bodily performance or a view of the “world as image” B. Visual Logic 1. The first The second The third dimension- the dimension- the dimension of visual value- visual an images’ refers to the performance versatility- the non-discursive visual characteristic persuaveness of images C. Sociology of Images 1. First, an adequate sociology of images should not exclusively focus on how best to interpret and use an image in social sciences. 2. Second, a sociology of images should not just reveal structure of meaning but also look at practices. It must include the social practices constructing and using images in its analysis. By doing so, it may draw on works in the social studies of science. 3. Finally, an analysis of the cultural condition’s and meaning of images must reflect their materiality. Scientific and other images thus have to be analyzed in their material, visual and social dimensions. D. PhotoJournalism 1. Photojournalism is what journalists do, producing images as part of the work of getting out daily newspapers and weekly news magazines. What is photojournalism commonly supposed to be? Unbiased Factual complete attention E. Documentary Photography 1. Doc photography was tied, historically to both exploration and social reform. 2. It is supposed to dig deep, get at what Robert E. Park called the Big News, be “concerned” about society, play an active role in social change. F. Visual Sociology 1. What is it supposed to be? We can answer that by saying what visual sociologists would have to do to compel the attention and respect their discipline. 2. Sociologists must also convince themselves that what they are doing is “really sociology” not just making pretty or interesting pictures. G. Context 1. Photographs get meanings like all cultural objects from their contexts. Even paintings or sculptures, which seem to exist in isolation, hanging on the wall of a museum. H. Harper Tramps 1. Visual Sociology Photographer I. Barthes 1. Roland Barthes who applied this idea to social inquiry as he “made himself the measure of photographs knowledge”. 2. He suggests two terms stadium and the punctum to distinguish these properties. J. The Sign 1. The signifier + the signified= the sign. 2. The form + the idea in your hand= the meaning 3. But the relationship between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary and dependent upon a shared code. K. 2
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