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Configuring epistemic authority: the significance of film style in documentaries about science

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Title: Configuring epistemic authority: the significance of film style in documentaries about science
Authors: Mellor, F
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Among the many limitations of the deficit model of science communication is its inability to account for the qualities of communication products that arise from creative decisions about form and style. This paper examines two documentaries about the nature of time – Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light and the first episode of the BBC's Wonders of the Universe series – in order to consider how film style inflects science with different meanings. The analysis pays particular attention to the ways in which authority is assigned between film author, narrator, and depicted subjects and the degree to which different film styles promote epistemological certainty or hesitancy.
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2018
Date of Acceptance: 1-Mar-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/60162
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0269889718000042
ISSN: 0269-8897
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Start Page: 39
End Page: 59
Journal / Book Title: Science in Context
Volume: 31
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: © Cambridge University Press 2018. This paper has been accepted for publication and will appear in a revised form, subsequent to peer-review and/or editorial input by Cambridge University Press.
Keywords: Arts & Humanities
History & Philosophy Of Science
History & Philosophy of Science
2202 History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields
History of Science, Technology & Medicine
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-03-27
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