Journal Article


Anne O'Brien


Journalism & Mass Media

documentary gender inequality production space neoliberalism subjectivity women credit

(Not) getting the credit: women, liminal subjectivity and resisting neoliberalism in documentary production (2017)

Abstract Women experience positive engagements with documentary as an enclave that values their gendered contribution, but also suffer negative encounters with it as a genre that restricts their full involvement, by promoting masculinist practices as normative. This gendered dynamic means that women occupy a liminal space with regard to documentary. Women’s liminal status is experienced negatively in a number of ways: first, during commissioning, where their approach to narrative, budgets and directing are questioned; second, in terms of work relationships where they are required to be relentlessly ‘likeable’; and third, when credits for work performed are withheld. Women’s subjective identities are constructed around this negative liminal positioning but it can become a position or form of positive adaptation to gendered and neoliberal subjectivity in their working lives. Resistance occurs when women conduct practices such as, first, enhancing the status of affective labour; second, when they undo or reject working through normative hierarchies; and third, when they collaborate in documentary production to negate neoliberal logics of individualization. Liminality, thus, constitutes both a way of understanding women’s negative experiences of gender inequality in documentary production but also a potentially positive form of resistance to the gendered precarity that characterizes creative labour.
Collections Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Academic Unit = Faculty of Social Sciences: Research Institutes: Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Type = Article
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Academic Unit = Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy: School of English, Media & Theatre Studies: Media Studies

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