Photography and sociology: an exercise in serendipity

Author/s: Alison Eldridge, PhD
Availability: Open Access
Type: Thesis
Year: 2015
Category: Technology
Institution: University of Glasgow

Abstract: This thesis examines the relationship between photography and sociology as offering complementary ways of understanding ourselves and the world we live in. Drawing from the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Raymond Williams, I examine the idea of a ‘field’ of photography within the field of cultural production more generally. The practises of documentary photography, photojournalism and fine art photography are explored with specific reference to images of war. In this arena, the politics, aesthetics and ethics of representing the body in pain are addressed.

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