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1. The condition of visualness.

2. Vision as a social construction and/or the social world as a visual construction: see also constructionism.

3. A system of visual meanings transcending particular artefacts: see also visual culture; visual practices.

4. In Foucauldian discourse, the role of vision within an epistemological regime: in its ascendancy, the objectifying and subjectifying power of vision within the ‘scopic’ regime of modernity, based on optics, linear perspective, and Cartesian rationality: see also gaze; ocularcentrism; spectacle; surveillance.

5. The relation between seeing, knowing, visual representation, and power.

6. A synonym for visualism.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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