Orinoco Flow: Culture, Narrative, and the Political Economy of Information

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November 2003



Through the use of narrative analysis, Belton explores the production of cultural knowledge about Venezuela's Orinoco River-the second largest in the Neotropics and the third largest in the world-and surrounding environs. Beginning with the earliest images of America from the voyages of Columbus, he examines how scientific, academic and novelistic discourse on the Orinoco has engendered a chronologically layered archive (a prime source of information for cultural elites) and a repository of images and impressions (its topos). At the same time, he considers how the rise of mercantilism and globalism has shaped the organization and distribution of both archive and topos.


Benjamin Keith Belton earned his PhD in Culture, History and Theory from Emory University. He is currently Assistant Professor at the School of Information Studies, Florida State University.


A "narrative analysis" of the production of cultural knowledge of the Orinoco River in Venezuela, with emphasis on the creation of an archive and "topos" (collections of images and impressions). Public Libraries The extensive bibliography would be useful to students seeking a range of information on the Orinoco area...Even if the answer to Belton's question, 'What are the narrative relationships among the development of capitalism, culture, and regional space?' would not cause you to lose sleep, you might find this unique book an interesting read. Education Libraries Belton's book is a significant contribution to the field of LIS, and his multidisciplinary approach illustrates how political, economic, and historical strata of place can be linked with conceptual elements in areas such as travel, literature, history, and philosophy. Because this book intersects other areas of knowledge, it reinforces the position of LIS as an interdisciplinary field of study...The flowing, frequently conversational tone easily engages the reader, which will be a welcome quality for readers who might ordinarily avoid works with a strong theoretical orientation...Belton's book is especially significant to LIS during a time of definition and growth because his analysis locates information studies within the encompassing cultural universe and indicates potential directions for other studies to follow. The Library Quarterly ...a vivid demonstration of the inextricable interweaving of information with its societal context...a rewarding work. It addresses issues that are fundamental to the understanding of the role of information in society and brings these to life in the brilliantly coloured Orinoco landscape. Australian Library Journal
EAN: 9780810848313
ISBN: 0810848317
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2003
Seitenanzahl: 224 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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