Two of the key theoretical shifts over the past two decades of
critical work have been the 'visual turn' and the 'material turn'.
This book argues that these hitherto distinct fields should be
understood as in continual dialogue and co-constitution and focuses
on reconceptualising the visual as an embodied, material, and often
politically-charged realm. This edited volume elaborates this
conceptual argument through a series of contemporary case studies,
drawn from the disciplines of Architecture, Sociology, Media
Studies, Geography and Cultural Studies. The case studies included
are paired around four themes: consumption, translation, practice
and ethics. As well as exploring the bringing together of visuality
and materiality studies, the contributors raise questions of social
identity and social critique, and also focus on the ethics of
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