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Engaging with Reality

Documentary and Globalization

As our world becomes more globalized, documentary film and television tell more cosmopolitan stories of the world’s social, political, and cultural situation. Ib Bondebjerg examines how global challenges are reflected and represented in documentaries from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavia after 2001. The documentaries deal with the war on terror, the globalization of politics, migration, the multicultural challenge, and climate change.

Engaging with Reality is framed by theories of globalization and delves into the development of a new global media culture. It also deals with theories of documentary genres and their social and cultural functions. It discusses cosmopolitanism and the role and forms of documentary in a new digital and global media culture. It will be essential reading for those looking to better understand documentary and the new transnational approach to modern media culture.

288 pages | 38 halftones, 4 tables | 7 x 9 | © 2014

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Documentary, contemporary society and media culture

Part 1: Globalization, documentary film and television

1. Globalization in a mediated world

2. Sociology and aesthetics of documentary genre

3. Engaging with and investigating reality: the social and political documentary

Part 2: War, terror and democracy: the post-9/11 documentary

4. Into the dark side: the politics of war

5. On the battleground: reporting and representing war

6. Behind the headlines: documentaries, war, terror and everyday life

Part 3: A new global order: political, social and cultural challenges

7. Politics and spin in a mediated world

8. A multicultural world: migration, culture and everyday life

9. Risk society: the environmental challenge

Conclusion: Cosmopolitan narratives: documentary in the new digital media culture


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