ERIC Number: ED098135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
The Teaching of Visual Anthropology at Temple.
Ruby, Jay; Chalfen, Richard
The exploration of nonverbal forms of culture and communication has led to the development of visual anthropology courses within the anthropology department at Temple University. Visual anthropology is conceptualized as the study of human nonlinguistic forms of communication involving film making for data collecting and analysis. Several areas of research are suggested which include studies of human interpersonal behavior such as greeting, interviewing, and teaching; macro-units of human behavior such as rituals, ceremonies, artistic processes, socialization practices, subsistence patterns, and warfare; and films themselves as societies increasingly begin to produce their own sets of mass mediated messages for culture and communication. Courses are set up for three levels starting at the beginning undergraduate, undergraduate major, and graduate level. At the undergraduate and beginning graduate level emphasis is placed on studying cultures and communications in their verbal and nonverbal forms. Appropriate methodologies and film production techniques for research and fieldwork are emphasized for the advanced graduate student. Special emphasis is placed on the fact that a department does not need a large budget and expensive equipment to start developing courses in visual anthropology. (DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Dept. of Anthropology.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, 1973)