Food and Morality: Deconstruction of Value Judgments in Sustainability Documentary Films

Franzisca Weder, Franz-Theo Gottwald

Publikation: Beitrag in Buch/KonferenzbandBeitrag in Sammelwerk


The following chapter explores implicitly and explicitly communicated value judgments in documentaries on environmental and sustainability issues. The insights exemplified within films on food production, processing and sustainable (and unsustainable) patterns of consumption will be used in a theoretical deconstruction of value judgments in relation to sustainability. They simultaneously show the potential of using documentaries to construct sustainability as moral framework. In this chapter, environmental and explicitly sustainability-focused documentaries are identified as mostly reflexive and performative and thus are conceptualized as having moral agency. To this purpose the chapter ends with a discussion of three regulative ideas which, firstly, might be used as guidelines in creating critical media productions in the field of environmental documentaries in the future, and secondly, show the potential for empirical follow-up research from the perspective of sustainability as moral framework in visual communication.
Titel des SammelwerksThe Sustainability Communication Reader
Untertitel des SammelwerksA Reflective Compendium
Herausgeber*innenFranzisca Weder, Matthias Karmasin, Larissa Krainer
VerlagSpringer VS
Seiten177 -196
ISBN (elektronisch)978-3-658-31883-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-658-31882-6
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 13 Mai 2021
Extern publiziertJa