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Picturing Pity: Pitfalls and Pleasures in Cross-Cultural Communication: Image and Word in a North Cameroon Mission Marianne Gullestad

Picturing Pity: Pitfalls and Pleasures in Cross-Cultural Communication: Image and Word in a North Cameroon Mission

Marianne Gullestad

Published November 1st 2007
ISBN : 9781845453435
Hardcover
302 pages
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Empirically, this book is based on an in-depth analysis of the published photographs taken by Norwegian evangelical missionaries in Northern Cameroon between 1925, the start of their activities, and 2005. Norway sent out more missionaries per capitaMoreEmpirically, this book is based on an in-depth analysis of the published photographs taken by Norwegian evangelical missionaries in Northern Cameroon between 1925, the start of their activities, and 2005. Norway sent out more missionaries per capita than any other country in Europe. Marianne Gullestads main contention is that the need to continuously justify their activities to donors in Europe has led to the creation and maintenance of specific ways of portraying Africans. The missionary visual rhetoric is both based on earlier visualizations and has over time established its own conventions which can now also be traced within secular fields of activity such as international development agencies, foreign policy, human relief organizations and the media. Picturing Pity takes part in the present pictorial turn in academic teaching and research, constituting visual images as an exciting site of conversation across disciplinary lines.