Documentary Film and Disability

Brylla, Catalin and Hughes, Helen (2015) Documentary Film and Disability. Palgrave Macmillan, UK. (In Press)

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Abstract

This is an edited collection of essays exploring the intersection between documentary film and disability studies. Documentary has played a significant role in the social construction of disability, and several essays exist in different contexts that explore both the destructive and the positive aspects of this history. Thus, the proposed volume aims to make an explicit connection between these two fields in order to understand better how the tools of documentary studies and disability studies can be brought to bear in understanding the past and the current potential of documentary in the socio-cultural construction and awareness of disability. Consequently, the volume will illuminate the topic not only from an academic perspective, but will also offer a practice-focussed viewpoint from industry practitioners and practice-based researchers. The volume is intended to fill a gap in both disciplines: on one hand, documentary studies need to discuss contemporary portrayals of disability, practices of disabled filmmakers and industry policies that determine access, inclusion and representation; on the other hand, some of the many areas of disability studies need to adopt more explicit methodologies that explore film texts, authorship and spectatorship in order to assess the current situation of disability in the television and independent documentary sector. On a more social level, the purpose of this volume is to address the medial construction of disability and reduce “otherness” as a phenomenon of cultural stigmatisation.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Film and television
Media
Medicine and health > Mental health
Medicine and health > Clinical medicine
Medicine and health > Physiology
Medicine and health > Primary health
Depositing User: Catalin Brylla
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 19:19
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 13:50
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1605

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