Photography as family ritual: Visual narratives in a Finnish family photo album

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Abstrakti

In this essay, I analyze photography as family ritual, particularly the act
of posing as repetitive acts that construct girl- and womanhood. I focus
my analysis of a Finnish family photo album and an autobiographical
interview of one of the sisters in the photographs on points of resistance
to cultural ideals. I posit that the family photographs shape memories,
family relations, and cultural meanings associated with gender. Although
the family photographs convey expectations of daughters within Finnish
family cultural contexts, my close reading of the photographs recast the
cultural norms and ideals commonly associated with girls. I assert that
family photographs can be understood not just as a site objectifying girls,
but also as enabling participation in reshaping family life. The contradictions
exposed in the analysis between representation and experience
provides anIn this essay, I analyze photography as family ritual, particularly the act
of posing as repetitive acts that construct girl- and womanhood. I focus
my analysis of a Finnish family photo album and an autobiographical
interview of one of the sisters in the photographs on points of resistance
to cultural ideals. I posit that the family photographs shape memories,
family relations, and cultural meanings associated with gender. Although
the family photographs convey expectations of daughters within Finnish
family cultural contexts, my close reading of the photographs recast the
cultural norms and ideals commonly associated with girls. I assert that
family photographs can be understood not just as a site objectifying girls,
but also as enabling participation in reshaping family life. The contradictions
exposed in the analysis between representation and experience
provides an
Alkuperäiskielienglanti
Sivumäärä10
Julkaisu Visual Culture and Gender
Vuosikerta7
TilaJulkaistu - 2012
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Hakusanat

  • family
  • photograph
  • pose
  • gender
  • memory
  • girlhood

Tieteenala

  • Muut humanistiset tieteet

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