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Documentary modes of engagement

Hill, Annette (2008) Documentary modes of engagement. In: Austin, Thomas and de Jong, Wilma, (eds.) Rethinking documentary: new perspectives, new practices. Open University Press, Maidenhead. ISBN 9780335221912

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Abstract

One of the most distinctive aspects of documentary studies has been the attention given to documentary modes of representation. In his analysis of documentary modes, Bill Nichols refers to a ‘constituency of viewers’, asking the question: ‘what are the assumptions and expectations that characterise the viewing of a documentary?’ (1991: 24). He argues that just as there are documentary modes of representation, there is also a ‘documentary mode of engagement for the viewer’ (25). Modes of representation and engagement are connected as audience responses to documentary are part of the socio-cultural contexts of production. Rather than focus on representation I want to address the under explored issue of documentary modes of engagement. By using quantitative and qualitative research, we can see what viewer’s have to say about their various documentary experiences. In this article, the focus is on British television audiences and their responses to contemporary television documentary.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Documentary, audiences, reality TV
Research Community:University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design, School of
ID Code:5412
Deposited On:18 Aug 2008 10:51
Last Modified:08 Jun 2010 12:55

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