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10 Pages

Learning How to See

WithDebbie Lisle

This chapter draws on the main components and parameters of visuality that align with the central concerns of an international political sociology. It explores the three main approaches to visuality that scholars identifiable with the field of international political sociology have so far pursued, highlighting the work of key thinkers and some of the key methods, developments and controversies. Drawing largely on Foucauldian approaches, Nikolas Rose shows how logics of seeing/being seen are also operative in particular social institutions such as museums, where the configuration of things like architecture, objects and signage teaches visitors how to see, order and behave in the world. A number of scholars engaged in a visually attuned international political sociology in the more-than-representational register have confronted the limitations of a single binary logic of seeing/being seen. Luckily for scholars working on visuality, this shift into the ‘more-than-representational’ has been enlivened by rewarding collaborations with critically minded colleagues in sociology, anthropology and geography.