Precarious Sociality, Ethics and Politics

French Documentary Cinema in the Early Twenty-First Century

Author(s): Audrey Evrard

Language: English

Genre(s): Politics

Series: French and Francophone Studies

  • March 2022 · 264pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9781786838421
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786838445
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786838438

About The Book

Precarious Sociality, Ethics and Politics: French Documentary Cinema in the Early Twenty-First Century brings an original perspective on French cinema’s ‘return to work’ in the early twenty-first century, focusing on the transformation of cinematic activism in view of the rapid dissolution of class narratives and solidarities. It is argued that, reckoning with widespread anxieties about job precarity, social uncertainty, loss and invisibility in French society, filmmakers catalysed new modes of intervention, best described as embodied praxes of sociality. Combining rigorous film analyses with concepts borrowed from philosophy, sociology, geography and political theory, this study positions documentary as a privileged point of articulation between aesthetics, politics and ethics. The wide-ranging film corpus features well-established auteurs (Agnès Varda, Raymond Depardon, Denis Gheerbrant) and less canonical filmmakers to celebrate the vitality of contemporary French documentary cinema and its creative contributions to international discussions about work, precarity and social resilience.


List of illustrations
Notes to readers
1 The vanishing factory
2 Global precarity, local struggles
3 Precarious filiations
4 No pain, no gain: the ordinary brutality of (the) work(place)
5 Portraits of life in France’s folds
Concluding remarks
Films cited

About the Author(s)

Audrey Evrard

Audrey Evrard is Associate Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Languages at Fordham University.

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