Utilizing socially engaged photography as a method for exploring the social landscape of cultural trauma in Northern Ireland

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Abstract

A growing body of research suggests that the residual effects of the conflict in Northern Ireland has contributed to the cultural trauma of its residents, from those who directly experienced the Troubles to their children. But what does cultural trauma look like? How has the chronic and enduring underlying fear affecting multiple generations changed the dynamics of families, communities, and the overall culture in Northern Ireland? One way to highlight and investigate the legacy of the Troubles in a meaningful and impactful way is through socially engaged photography. This novel approach can create an accessible and engaging way to involve individuals and communities currently plagued by these issues. This process allows for active engagement, allowing the public to play an integral and collective role in the narrative and process of healing. This is especially important in Northern Ireland, where many of the residents have expressed research fatigue from continuously participating in studies but not feeling as if their voice and concerns are being heard.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDealing with the Legacy of Conflict in Northern Ireland through Engagement and Dialogue
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • socially engaged photography
  • cultural trauma
  • Northern Ireland

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