Documentary Resistance: Social Change and Participatory Media

ISBN : 9780190676216

Angela J. Aguayo
296 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Documentary Resistance: Social Change and Participatory Media offers a new approach to understanding the networked capacity of documentary media to create public commons areas, crafting connections between unlikely interlocutors. In this process communities invest in the exchange of documentary moving image discourse around politics and social change. This book advances a new argument suggesting that documentary's capacity for social change is found in its ability to establish forms of collective identification and political agency capable of producing and sustaining activist media cultures. It advances the creation of a conceptual, theoretical, and historical space in which documentary and social change can be examined, drawing upon research in cinema, media, and communication studies as well as cultural theory to explore how political ideas move into participatory action. This book takes a distinctive approach, understanding how struggles for social justice are located, reflected, and represented on the documentary screen, but also in pre- and post-production processes. To address this living history, this project includes over sixty unpublished field interviews with documentary filmmakers, critics, funders, activists, and distributors.


Chapter 1: Introduction: Documentary Resistance
Chapter 2: A Critical History of Documentary and Participatory Media Culture(s)
Chapter 3: Documentary Goes Popular: The Rise of Digital Media Cultures
Chapter 4: Laboring Under Documentary: Collective Identification and the Collapse of the American Working Class
Chapter 5: Subjugated Histories as Affective Resistance: Abortion Documentaries as Botched Political Subjectivity
Chapter 6: Street Tapes as the People's History of Unjustified Police Force
Chapter 7: Conclusion: The Documentary Commons and Conditions of Resistance


Angela J. Aguayo is Associate Professor of Cinema and Digital Culture at Southern Illinois University. She is scholar and media maker whose practice reflects an interdisciplinary approach to documentary, media studies, rhetoric, and critical cultural theory. Her most recent work is focused on agency, collective identification and participatory media cultures, investigating the possibilities for documentary to engage the process of social change. She is also an award winning writer, director and producer of mutiple documentary shorts utilized in community engagement campaigns as well as screening at festivals and museums around the world.