Images in Use

Towards the critical analysis of visual communication

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| ARCADA University of Applied Sciences
| University of Oxford
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News coverage of EU negotiations, children’s war memories or TV series glamourising political processes – images pervade both private and public discourse, and visual communication plays a key role in our social negotiation of values. Conceptualising images as “images in use”, this volume considers the agencies behind visual communication and its impact on society.

Images in Use engages critically with traditional approaches to visual analysis, offers suggestions for alternative, socially situated analyses of images and demonstrates the explanatory force of thinking through “images in use” in a series of case studies. The conceptual contributions consider broader issues of critical theory, representation, as well as the mediatisation of politics. The case studies offer a survey of current visual communication including news coverage, political cartoons, political rhetoric, memory culture, celebrity humanitarianism, reality TV, as well as the narratives of blockbuster cinema and comics.

This volume proposes a new approach to visual communication, situating images in their social contexts and identifying the real, rhetorical and political impact of their use.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Matteo Stocchetti and Karin Kukkonen
1–7
Part I. Approaches to visual communication and the question of power
Chapter 1. Images: Who gets what, when and how?
Matteo Stocchetti
11–37
Chapter 2. The critical tradition in visual studies: An introduction
Juha Herkman
39–53
Chapter 3. The map, the mirror and the simulacrum: Visual communication and the question of power
Karin Kukkonen
55–67
Chapter 4. Disenchantment with politics and the salience of images
Ruth Wodak
69–88
Part II. Case studies
Chapter 5. Organising political consensus: The visual management of diplomatic negotiations and community relations in the Finnish accession to the EU
Anne Koski
91–112
Chapter 6. Walls, doors and exciting encounters: Balkanism and its edges in Bulgarian political cartoons on European integration
Alina Curticapean
113–149
Chapter 7. The politics of visual representation: Security, the US and the ‘war on terrorism’
Helle Palu
151–180
Chapter 8. The politics of identity and visuality: The case of Finnish war children
Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen
181–198
Chapter 9. Visual politics and celebrity humanitarianism: How colonial culture is revitalised in the West
Riina Yrjölä
199–224
Chapter 10. The economics of gay reality television: The visualisation of sexual difference in contemporary consumer cultur
Marjo Kolehmainen and Katariina Mäkinen
225–243
Chapter 11. Mending endings: Power and closure in film plots
Gerda Dullaart
245–267
Chapter 12. Representing the state of exception: Power, utopia, visuality and narrative in superhero comics
Mervi Miettinen
269–290
Index
291–298
“The volume is an excellent resource for students, teachers and researchers planning to pursue work on multimodal analysis, since it covers a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of images in discourse. The significance of this work is its strong coherent blend of studies in the area from a variety of perspectives and settings. Specifically, the underlying theme of elucidating the political dimensions of analysing images considering socio-cultural factors imparts valuable insights for future investigations.”
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Subjects

Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Linguistics

Semiotics
Pragmatics
BIC Subject: JFD – Media studies
BISAC Subject: LAN004000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011028422