'You Are Here': Visual Autobiographies, Cultural-Spatial Positioning, and Resources for Urban Living

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Squire, C., Esin, C. and Burman, Chila 2013. 'You Are Here': Visual Autobiographies, Cultural-Spatial Positioning, and Resources for Urban Living. Sociological Research Online. 18 (3), p. 1ff..
AuthorsSquire, C., Esin, C. and Burman, Chila
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This paper reports on a study of visual autobiographies produced in art workshops conducted in a variety of social contexts in East London with 19 research participants 11 women and girls, 8 men and boys – ranging from 10 to the 50s. From narrative analysis of the images, associated interviews, and field notes on the production and exhibition of the images, the paper argues that the study of cultural activity can allow us to identify cultural-spatial positionings related to, but also distinct from, socio-spatial positionings. Those cultural-spatial positionings indicate and in some cases produce cultural and symbolic resources that might not be discernable from other non-visual research data, that may differ importantly from participants' socioeconomic resources, and that could usefully receive more attention. The study also suggests that transnationalism is strongly tied to people's narratives of their cultural lives within global cities, is critically articulated, and can be under-recognised when it is rooted in family.

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Journal citation18 (3), p. 1ff.
Year2013
PublisherUniversity of Surrey
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