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Geismar, H; (2014) Drawing it out. Visual Anthropology Review , 30 (2) pp. 97-113. 10.1111/var.12041. Green open access

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The fieldwork sketches of Arthur Bernard Deacon, made in Vanuatu in 1926-27, give us insight into the early methodologies of social anthropology and into the role of images in anthropological ways of thinking. Here I develop a perspective on field sketches that explores them not only as visual mediations of the fieldworker's subjectivity, but also as genre pieces that indicate very particular forms of training in "how to see." I draw out the visual conventions, ways of thinking and seeing, that underscore the different strategies that Deacon used in his drawing.

Type: Article
Title: Drawing it out
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/var.12041
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/var.12041
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Keywords: A. B. Deacon, drawing, Malakula, Vanuatu, visual culture
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1467832
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