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Hierarchies of CareGirls, Motherhood, and Inequality in Peru$
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Krista E. Van Vleet

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042782

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042782.001.0001

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Making Images, (Re)Visioning Mothers (a Photography Workshop)

Making Images, (Re)Visioning Mothers (a Photography Workshop)

(p.105) Chapter 5 Making Images, (Re)Visioning Mothers (a Photography Workshop)
Hierarchies of Care

Krista E. Van Vleet

University of Illinois Press

This chapter draws on phenomenological approaches to “dwelling in” and envisioning the world to ask how young women’s participation in photography workshops might offer a window onto the dynamic production of subjectivities (as mothers, or not). In a photography workshop, young women produce retablos, or portraits of themselves as Madonna and child. The chapter juxtaposes the structured activities of a workshop (organized by an international NGO) with more informal use of point-and-shoot digital cameras (which was integrated into this research project). Reflecting on the activity of taking photos, as well as the representational aspects of images themselves, demonstrates girls’ creative expression and experimentation as well as the moral dialogues in which visions of self are embedded.

Keywords:   photography, visual anthropology, non-representational meaning, family, Madonna, child, subjectivity, indexicality

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