1st Edition

Politics of Gaze
The Image Economy Online

ISBN 9781138392588
Published July 8, 2019 by Routledge
134 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Going beyond the cursory reasons behind why we capture images on the move, Politics of Gaze explores our contemporary practices around visual imaging and brings original conceptualisations about why we constantly capture ourselves and our environments through digital technologies.

Our technologically mediated ‘everyday visuality’ has moral and ethical implications for the ways in which we construct our worlds, understand world events, represent ourselves, commodify our environments and transact these with the wider world. Through these acts we constantly negotiate our sense of aesthetics, our notions of what is private and public, our depictions of the everyday and issues of security and conflict whilst constructing moral codes for a technologically-mediated society. This book argues that we have crafted a ‘Glasshouse’ society where the forms of gaze are open-ended, promising us empowerment while making us endlessly vulnerable.

Politics of Gaze is a vital resource for New Media studies and related fields such as photography, technology studies, visual communications, journalism and sociology.

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter One The Politics of Gaze: Non-Stop Capture and Consumption on Digital Media
  2. Chapter Two New Media Visuality and the ‘Wired Body’
  3. Chapter Three Domesticating the Visual through the Everyday
  4. Chapter Four The ‘Untameble’ Non-stop Capture and Mediated Visuality
  5. Chapter Five ‘Witnessing’ with Digital Technologies
  6. Chapter Six Facebook and the Image Economy
  7. Chapter Seven Ethics of the Image Economy in Glasshouse Society

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Dr Yasmin Ibrahim is a Reader in International Business and Communications at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research on new media technologies explores the cultural dimensions and social implications of the appropriation of ICTs in different contexts. Beyond new media and digital technologies, she writes on political communication and political mobilisation from cultural perspectives. Her other research interests include globalization, Islam, visual culture and memory studies.