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Seeing things: Violence, voyeurism and the camera

Carrabine, Eamonn (2014) 'Seeing things: Violence, voyeurism and the camera.' Theoretical Criminology, 18 (2). pp. 134-158. ISSN 1362-4806

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In increasingly mediatized cultures it is essential that criminologists develop more sophisticated understandings of the power of images and this article offers such an approach. It begins by setting out some of the relationships between photography and criminology as they have evolved over time to enable a richer understanding of how the modern criminal subject is constructed and how archival practices have a significant bearing on how meanings are organized. The second section develops these arguments by focusing on the controversies generated by four images that are among the most astonishing documents to have survived Auschwitz, providing visual evidence of the ‘crime of crimes’. In the final section the distinctive problems posed whenever images of horrific events are re-presented in artistic contexts are confronted in an effort to build a more critically engaged visual criminology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Culture, ethics, genocide, history of criminology, representation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 15:54
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:22

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