• Actor-Theory Network and Documentary Studies

    Author(s):
    Ilana Gershon (see profile) , Joshua Malitsky
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    Documentary, Film studies, Sociology of science
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    #actor-network theory, #documentary studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6V489
    Abstract:
    This article examines how science studies in general and actor-network theory (ANT) in particular can inform scholarship on documentary. More specifically, we argue that both ANT scholars and documentary scholars are faced with the question of how a particular set of interactions are transformed into representations of reality that can travel into other contexts with their truth value intact. The ANT perspective views putative truth as circulating through a series of networks shaped through specific interactions, and identifies the interlinking of the networks as crucial to the preservation of truth value across them. Furthermore, the ANT perspective provides tools for understanding how representations are transformed into facts through the labour of specific networks. We thus refuse sharp distinctions between documentary production, distribution and reception, and instead see all aspects as central to how documentaries themselves function as actants and representations.
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