The Civil Contract of Photography has 42 ratings and 3 reviews. An argument that anyone can pursue political agency and resistance through photography, e. ARGUMENTATION AND ADVOCACY 47 (Winter ): I BOOK REVIEWS The Civil Contract ofPhotography. By Ariella Azoulay. New York: Zone . In this groundbreaking work, Ariella Azoulay thoroughly revises our understanding of the ethical status of photography. It must, she insists.

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Email alerts New issue alert. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Slavery after Rome, — Most users should sign in with their email address. Azoulay’s breathtaking book finally demands nothing less of us than to reimagine how, in the age of the photograph, we might become citizens again.

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The Civil Contract of Photography by Ariella Azoulay

The organization of the book leans more toward a study of critical method, rather than directed towards specific case studies, though Azoulay’s arguments are always grounded in contemporary and historical photographic events. There was much about this text I found good, some things it contained struck me as weird, and some things about it simply left me disappointed. For Azoulay, the photograph of politically induced suffering makes an appeal to rights and constitutes an emergency demand.

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The Civil Contract of Photography

Yee-Kay Chan rated it it was amazing Sep 05, Azoulay asks this question: Photography, she argues, is a pluralistic apparatus that includes photographed objects or persons, environments, camera, photographer, and spectator p. Yet, readers should consider the photlgraphy of the civil contract outside of conditions of immediate harm.

Help Center Find new research papers in: The civil contract of photography enables him or her to share with others the claim made or addressed by the photograph. Under what legal, political, or cultural conditions does it become possible to see and show disaster that befalls those with flawed citizenship in a state of exception?

Argument theorists might also be seen as coming from different leagues, very roughly divided into those trained in a philosophical tradition and those schooled in the field of communication.

On the civil contract by John M. In a sense, challenging the ways in which we articulate the meanings and habits of citizenship radically transforms the kinds of arguments possible to respond to violences against abandoned persons.

Azoulay charts new intellectual and political pathways in this unprecedented exploration of the xontract field of catastrophe, injustice, and suffering in our time. But to the true student of the game, the subde differences in style between the leagues are both apparent and important.

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Kayci rated it it was amazing Mar 24, The question for me now is whether I am up to the task. Return to Book Page. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Vindi rated it really liked it Apr 21, Within the contract, citizenship is imagined not as a status or possession that a sovereign bestows upon individuals, but rather, as a “tool of a struggle or an obligation to others to struggle against injuries inflicted on those others, citizens and noncitizens” p.


Deductive arguments lend themselves well to analytic approaches, but the vast majority of arguments advanced in any debate that matters rarely take this form.

While reading this book, it is important to remember the conditions of ariellla that move Azoulay to embrace the political possibilities of photography.

The burgeoning work on photography and citizenship does well to articulate how images of political violence do not necessarily invite feelings of compassion fatigue. Click here to sign up. Sep 29, Fernando Gallegos rated it liked it.

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Review of The Civil Contract of Photography. How can we tell when the rest of the arguments out there all necessarily inductive to some extent jump too far, and when might we conclude they are sound? Photography, she insists, must be wzoulay and understood in its inseparability from the many catastrophes of recent history.

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