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A pattern of islands: photographs in the cultural account

Andrew Blaikie

in The Scots Imagination and Modern Memory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780748617869
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653515 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617869.003.0006
A pattern of islands: photographs in the cultural account

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This chapter considers the different cultural accounts that have emerged to explain the social anatomies of the Northern and Western isles in the recent past. It elaborates some of the ways in which this process has occurred. It notes that a second thread in the analysis examines how photographs have also been drawn upon to affirm local world-views that may offer competing historical accounts. It explains that it is possible to contend that images might consist of resources for identity formation and maintenance as much as sources of subjectification, given that during the course of the last century or so photography has become a fundamentally democratic medium.

Keywords: social anatomies; Western isles; photographs; subjectification; photography

Chapter.  9303 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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