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Madness through the Lens of the Beholder: the representation of mental illness in documentary films

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dc.contributor.author Mohammad Azhar, Muhammad Danial
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-01T15:34:38Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-01T15:34:38Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/48053
dc.description Tutor: Carles Roca Cuberes
dc.description Treball de fi de Màster Estudis Internacionals sobre Mitjans, Poder i Diversitat
dc.description.abstract Mental illness has long been stigmatized in society, not helped by generic and negative representations in the media. Previous studies have shown the printing press, broadcasting media, and popular cinema to largely depict the mentally ill as violent, dangerous, dysfunctional, and worst of all, mad. The purpose of this study is to determine if documentary films are any different in reproducing such images, or if they instead subvert the prejudices of mental illness. Through a qualitative content analysis of 70 scenes, taken from 6 observational documentaries, the results find that the sample of films expose the failings of institutional care and psychiatric practices. Rather than focusing on how mental illness functions, these films separate the behavior of persons with mental illness from their condition, showing them to be both mistreated and misunderstood.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 international
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.title Madness through the Lens of the Beholder: the representation of mental illness in documentary films
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.subject.keyword representations of mental illness
dc.subject.keyword documentary films
dc.subject.keyword observational documentaries
dc.subject.keyword qualitative content analysis
dc.subject.keyword psychiatry
dc.subject.keyword institutional care
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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