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Recording Reality, Desiring the Real$
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Elizabeth Cowie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816645480

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816645480.001.0001

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Working Images: Representing Work and Voicing the Ordinary

Working Images: Representing Work and Voicing the Ordinary

(p.46) 2 Working Images: Representing Work and Voicing the Ordinary
Recording Reality, Desiring the Real

Elizabeth Cowie

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter addresses two issues that are crucial to the study of documentary: first, the issue on the representation of everyday life and the project of “voicing” the ordinary as not only subjective testimony but also art; and second, the issue on the sounds and images of work, workers, ordinary people, and their activities signify as facts and as historical information. This problem proposes documentary as not only a discursive construction but also as a constructive discourse. This chapter explains Michel Foucault’s account on the object of human knowledge and the subject of human knowledge in order to examine the epistemological work of documentary.

Keywords:   documentary, working images, Michel Foucault, epistemological work

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