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‘Leaving Dublin’: Photographic portrayals of post-Celtic Tiger emigration – a sociological analysis

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Show simple item record Gray, Breda 2019-02-06T15:15:55Z 2019-02-06T15:15:55Z 2018
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract .This article analyses David Monahan’s photographic portrait series of over 120 people before emigrating from post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, entitled ‘Leaving Dublin’. As a digital series that circulates across multiple media channels, it moves beyond the tradition of documentary photography into a more hybrid aesthetic, political and media environment. As well as inserting these images in multiple circulatory platforms and replicable formats, the series disrupts the dominant visual culture of emigration by expressively recasting how it is seen and thought. This article argues that the highly stylised and unsentimental aesthetic adopted by Monahan pushes the images beyond the established visual culture of sentimental departure, visualising instead transnational and multicultural histories and politics through complex circuits of migration. As such, it highlights what Mieke Bal sees as the instability of migratory culture in the city landscape. At the same time, however, it re-enacts particular social distinctions and divisions. Just as new trajectories, relationalites and stories ‘appear’ as constitutive of Dublin and contemporary mobility, so also other trajectories, relationalities and mobilities are disappeared in ways that keep an exclusionary topography and politics of mobility in place. This is evident in the insistent and persistent separation between Irish asylum-seeking/immigration and emigration-focused digital photographic projects. So, although digitisation facilitates reflexive ways of communicating contemporary migration, and Monahan’s project succeeds in forging subtle connections, it also re-enacts structured disconnection and forgetting. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sociological Review; 67 (3), pp. 635-653
dc.subject Mieke Bal en_US
dc.subject Celtic Tiger en_US
dc.subject citizenship en_US
dc.subject digital en_US
dc.subject documentary en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject migration en_US
dc.subject photography en_US
dc.subject Rancière en_US
dc.subject visual culture en_US
dc.title ‘Leaving Dublin’: Photographic portrayals of post-Celtic Tiger emigration – a sociological analysis en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2019-02-06T15:04:52Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0038026118795087
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2865773
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Sociological Review
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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