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Introduction

  • Jean-Baptiste GouyonEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Science and Popular Culture book series (PSSPC)

Abstract

Wildlife documentaries are one of the main sources of knowledge of nature for non-scientific publics. They are about knowledge, and their makers need to find ways of convincing viewers that they can speak authoritatively on behalf of nature. The wildlife making-of documentary (MOD) is one of the means by which film-makers solicit trust from their audiences. By disclosing aspects of film-making, MODs redefine the relationship of wildlife films with objectivity and with nature. MODs make the case for wildlife documentaries to be seen as participants in the scientific endeavour. This book tries to understand how the way in which British wildlife television was practiced from the early 1950s to the early 2000s has become the accepted stereotype of how nature appears on-screen.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Science and Technology StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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