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Documentary-for-the-Other: Relationships, Ethics and (Observational) Documentary


Nash, K, Documentary-for-the-Other: Relationships, Ethics and (Observational) Documentary, Journal of Mass Media Ethics: Exploring Questions of Media Morality, 26, (3) pp. 224-239. ISSN 0890-0523 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/08900523.2011.581971


While documentary ethics has been largely normative to date, there is growing interest in alternative forms of ethical thinking. The work of Emmanuel Levinas in particular is providing a way of thinking through both the ethics of documentary viewing and production. This article begins by drawing attention to the link between documentary ethics and aesthetics and then uses Levinas's work to consider the ethical relations established in observational documentary production. Of the different documentary modes, the observational has been the source of particular ethical difficulties, yet viewed from a Levinisian perspective it is possible to identify ways in which observation preserves the alterity of the documentary subject.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Journalism studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Nash, K (Dr Kate Nash)
ID Code:71838
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2011-08-10
Last Modified:2012-06-08
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