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Visual landscapes of in/visibility: exploring and challenging the representation and demonisation of marginalised mothers and daughters

Mannay, Dawn 2015. Visual landscapes of in/visibility: exploring and challenging the representation and demonisation of marginalised mothers and daughters. Presented at: In/visibility and Difference: A Visual Methods Workshop, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 4-5 December 2015.

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Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which mothers and daughters in marginalised, urban housing areas in south Wales, UK, become embodied as both different and lacking in contemporary media representations. Drawing on three research studies the paper examines the demonisation of working-class femininities, presenting visual media as a tool of active oppression. The paper considers how participants can reclaim acceptable identities and tell new stories through creative methodologies; and considers how researchers can understand these visual and participatory productions. The paper also explores the ethical tensions between ‘giving voice’ and maintaining confidentiality in relation to digital landscapes, occularcentric cultures, open access and time immemorial. The paper centralises the space between visibility and invisibility and discusses how visual exposure can be a tool of empowerment and, at the same time, a vehicle of disempowerment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Uncontrolled Keywords: Visual Methods, Visual Research, Art, Participatory Methods, Film, Creative Methods, Marginalised Communities
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, Children and Young People's Research Network, WISERD
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:41
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/82770

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