Shooting the Family

Patricia Pisters and Wim Staat (eds), Shooting the Family: Transnational Media and Intercultural Values (Amsterdam University Press, 2005) 224 pages

Shooting the Family, a collection of essays on the contemporary media landscape, explores ever-changing representations of family life on a global scale. The contributors argue that new recording technologies allows families an unusual kind of freedom—until now unknown—to define and respond to their own lives and memories. Recently released videos made by young émigrés as they discover new homelands and resolve conflicts with their parents, for example, reverberate alongside the dark portrayals of family life in the formal filmmaking of Ang Lee. This book will be a boon to scholars of film theory and media studies, as well as to anyone interested in the construction of the family in a postmodern world.


Tessa Boerman, Patricia Pisters en Joes Segal (eds) Beeldritsen: visuele cultuur en etnische diversiteit in Nederland Amsterdam: De Balie, 2003) 117 pages

In een visuele cultuur wordt identiteit in toenemende mate bepaald door beelden waaraan we ons spiegelen. In een multiculturele samenleving ritsen diverse etnische beeldtradities in, en net zo gemakkelijk weer uit elkaar. Wie in die dynamiek van confrontatie en associatie verdwaald raakt loopt het risico in het dagelijks spraakgebruik te worden weggezet als 'bounty', 'cosby', 'uncle Tom', 'sellout' of 'wannabe'.

Micropolitics of Media Culture

Patricia Pisters (ed), Micropolitics of Media Culture: Reading the Rhizomes of Deleuze and Guattari (Amsterdam University Press - Film Culture in Transition, 2002) 302 pages

This book focuses on the micro-political implications of the work of Gilles Deleuze (and Félix Guattari). General philosophical articles are coupled to more specific analyses of films (such as Fight Club and Schindler's List) and other expressions of contemporary culture. The choice of giving specific attention to the analyses of images and sounds is not only related to the fact that audiovisual products are increasingly dominant in contemporary life, but also to the fact that film culture in itself is changing ("in transition") in capitalist culture. From a marginal place at the periphery of economy and culture at large, audiovisual products (ranging from art to ads) seem to have moved to the centre of the network society, as Manuel Castells calls contemporary society. Typical Deleuzian concepts such as micro-politics, the Body without Organs, becoming-minoritarian, pragmatics and immanence are explored in their philosophical implications and political force, whether utopian or dystopian. What can we do with Deleuze in contemporary media culture? A recurring issue throughout the book is the relationship between theory and practice, to which several solutions and problems are given.

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