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Berger, John

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John Berger is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, poet, painter, filmmaker, philosopher, art critic, and political activist. Coming of age in the 1950s and 1960s in England, he was most widely known for his works in art criticism, his BBC series, and collections of essays, “Ways of Seeing.” Due in part to the reception of these works, he was penned as a Marxist radical and cultural critic. In recent decades, his guiding concerns have widened from the arena of art criticism proper to the lived experiences of the economically and socially marginalized. His method for describing these concerns, though, remains a distinctly artistic one; he portrays the condition of the world’s poor by using visual landmarks and poetic narration. Thus, he is never far from art, in either his subject or his method. About Berger, one would not merely want to say that his politics are artistic. Rather, he urges his readers to see the world in an artistic way, in a manner that is wholly commensurate...

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Luttrell, J. (2011). Berger, John. In: Chatterjee, D.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Justice. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_756

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