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A for Anomie
A for Anomie

Eric Baudelaire


A for Anomie The idea that terrorism and other forms of political violence are directly related to strains caused by strongly held grievances has been one of the most common explanations to date and can be traced to a diverse set of theoretical concepts including relative deprivation, social disorganization, breakdown, tension, and anomie. Merton (1938) identifies anomie as a cultural condition of frustration, in which values regarding goals and how to achieve them conflict with limitations on the means of achievement. Gary...

The Storming of the Winter Palace
The Forensics of an Image

24.11.2017 – 08.04.2018

HMKV im Dortmunder U
44137 Dortmund

Dauerausstellung »Gesichtsüberwachungsschnecken« von Yves Netzhammer

05.09.2017 – 05.09.2018

U-Bahn-Station Altes Landgut (U1)
1100 Wien



Essays on Photography by Siegfried Kracauer
Essays on Photography by Siegfried Kracauer

Siegfried Kracauer, Philippe Despoix (ed.), ...

The Past's Threshold

There can be no doubt, however, that in Kracauer’s texts published at the turn of the 1920s and the 1930s from his position as an editor of the cultural pages at the daily newspaper Frankfurter ­Zeitung, then in the 1950s during his American period, he sketches out a theorisation of photography that can be described as groundbreaking. But it is also true that most of his works overlap, in more than one way, with this medium of reproduction or that...
  • media theory
  • photography
  • film
  • Siegfried Kracauer
  • History of photography
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Hélène Lipstadt

On collective memory and the monument/memory-relation

The 1930s were an auspicious time for Jefferson. Never had Jefferson’s star shone brighter or seemed closer; never had it been followed by so many, including the current president. In an epiphany that had left him “breathless,” Roosevelt had recently discovered Jefferson’s pertinence to his own times. Henceforth, Roosevelt spoke privately of Jefferson “as if he had been one of his grandfathers,” while publicly he unerringly sought and found every occasion when Jefferson could be cited or honored, celebrating Jefferson’s progressiveness and making him the patron saint of the liberal but nonetheless most un-Jeffersonian New Deal.

The commemoration of Jefferson could draw on a rich blend of what Merrill Peterson has called the “images of Jefferson.” The older image of Jefferson as the “Great Commoner” and champion “of the little man”—which could not fail to have a special resonance in the period of the Great Depression—and as American revolutionary were complemented...

  • architecture
  • collective memory
  • 1930s
  • USA
  • political iconography
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Okwui Enwezor

Intense Proximity

In Tristes Tropiques, a seminal work of ethnography and travel writing published to international acclaim in 1955, the great anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss begins the account of his legendary research trip into the interior of Brazil in a sceptical tone: “I hate travelling and explorers. Yet here I am proposing to tell the story of my expeditions.”Despite its hybrid format – combining memoir, travel writing, and ethnography – Tristes Tropiques became a popular bestseller. Its readers went beyond the niche audience of experts and immediately established its author as a major figure in the fields of anthropology and structuralism. The book appeared at a historical turning point, not only in the way structuralism was transforming anthropology – based on the analysis of society through the structure of language and culture – but also because it was unveiled during the post-war period, when ethnography was being transformed by the great movements of...

  • Claude Lévi-Strauss
  • identity
  • cultural transfer
  • gaze
  • ethnology