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Iconic power : materiality and meaning in social life

Author: Jeffrey C Alexander; Dominik Bartmanski; Bernhard Giesen
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Series: Cultural sociology
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Iconic Power is a collection of original articles that explore social aspects of the phenomenon of icon. What counts as iconic in late modern society? How do icons work? What exactly makes an image, object, or person iconic? Why should we care about icons? These are among the central questions of this volume. From elite wine brands to popular music festivals, from the Berlin Wall to the Abu Ghraib scandal, the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey C Alexander; Dominik Bartmanski; Bernhard Giesen
ISBN: 9781137375964 1137375965
OCLC Number: 859558752
Notes: Originally published: 2012.
Description: vi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Materiality and Meaning in Social Life: Toward an Iconic Turn in Cultural Sociology; D.Bartmanski & J.Alexander PART I Representation, Presentation, Presence: Tracing the Homo Pictor; G.Boehm Iconic Power and Performance: the Role of the Critic; J.Alexander PART II Inconspicuous Revolutions of 1989. Culture and Contingency in The Making of Political Icons; D.Bartmanski The Making of Humanitarian Visual Icons. On the 1921-1923 Russian Famine as Foundational Event; F.Kurasawa Seeing Tragedy in the News Images of September 11; W.Bowler The Emergence of Iconic Depth. Secular Icons in a Comparative Perspective; W.Binder PART III Shifting Extremism: On the Political Iconology in Post-socialist Serbia; D.Suber & S.Karamanic The Visualization of Uncertainty: HIV Statistics in Public Media; V.Rauer How To Make an Iconic Commodity: The Case of Penfolds' Grange Wine; I.Woodward & D.Ellison Becoming Iconic. The Cases of Woodstock and Bayreuth; P.Smith PART IV Body and Image; H.Belting Iconic Difference and Seduction; B.Giesen Iconic Rituals. Towards a Social Theory of Encountering Images; J.Sonnevend Visible Meanings; P.Sztompka Afterword; B.Giesen
Series Title: Cultural sociology
Responsibility: edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander, Dominik Bartmański and Bernhard Giesen.

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