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Reading National Geographic

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  100 ratings  ·  6 reviews
For millions of readers, Nat'l Geographic has long been a window to the world of exotic peoples & places. This account of an American institution explores the possibility that the magazine, in purporting to teach about distant cultures, actually tells us much more about our own. Lutz & Collins go inside the Nat'l Geographic Society to investigate how its photograph ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by University of Chicago Press (IL)
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Apr 21, 2009 Danna rated it 4 of 5 stars
It was fun for a while, but I'm done recording the monthly magazines. This title is now back in my "To-Read" pile, as I wait patiently for interlibrary loan.

I'm a big fan of Nat Geo and eventually manage to read every monthly issue from cover to cover. I'll be using the "Reading National Geographic" entry to track my magazine reading. (And one of these days I'll check out the book, too. It sounds really interesting!)

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Julia Hendon
Anthropologists Lutz and Collier consider the role of National Geographic in our understanding of "exotic" places and peoples. Despite somewhat heavy use of academic jargon at times, they provide enough detail, through interviews with staff members, readers, and others, to give a good sense of the goals and philosophy underlying those beautifully illustrated stories.
Eli Hinze
Has a very compelling thesis. The evidence is laid out with clarity and is extremely though provoking.
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verry good
Margaret Sankey
Some students are surprised that photographs can have a thesis or a bias--this is an illuminating study and critique of the racial and class underpinnings of National Geographic and how they have changed over the print run of the magazine and how this has shaped the interaction of middle-America with the world.
Dec 29, 2008 Leslie marked it as to-read
From my daughter's bookshelf ... an academic read from the anthropological point of view, but I really like that intensity and focus.
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