Issues in Contemporary Documentary / Edition 1

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Issues in Contemporary Documentary is a fascinating new overview of a rich film-making tradition and the particular challenges that it faces in the current age.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Brings the study of documentary up-to-date through a range ofcontemporary examples, which is particularly useful for journalismstudents who are interested in documentary practice, whilstoffering historians of film and television an important contextualresource for understanding issues in documentary today."
Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

"Broad-ranging ... This book is undoubtedly recommended as anundergraduate textbooked, evidenced by its lucid exposition andeasily accessible and clearly presented case studies; however, itnonetheless offers a useful account and summary of the key debatesthat surround and inform the terrain of the contemporarydocumentary."
Times Higher Education

"Jane Chapman's book offers students a clear introduction tosome of the main questions and debates surrounding currentdocumentary practice. Not only is the whole book developed aroundselected examples, it is informed throughout by the ethical,creative, and technological challenges of actually making films andprogrammes. Its strongly 'insider' viewpoint usefully complementsthe 'outsider' framings of most film and television studies."
John Corner, University of Liverpool

"In a clear, comprehensive style, Jane Chapman has vividly laidout the key issues in documentary. With attention to historicaltrends and theoretical debates this book will be of enormous use toscholars and practitioners of documentary. This book should find awide audience among students and viewers of documentary."
Paula Rabinowitz, University of Minnesota

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745640099
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/24/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Chapman is Reader in Journalism Studies at the University of Lincoln.

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Table of Contents

1. Definitions - Issues and Influences.
2. Representation - Problems, Purpose
3. Objectivity/Subjectivity - Pursuing truth?
4. Censorship - whose world is it?
5. Authorial Voice - means of expression
6. Reflexivity - techniques and reflection
7. Audience - a world view or viewing the world?
8. Ethics - shifting boundaries
Conclusions: continuities and change

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