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Title: The liminality of exile : a practical interrogation of the role of arrested liminality in the exilic condition
Author: Meikle, Cheryl
ISNI:       0000 0004 2735 9697
Awarding Body: Liverpool John Moores University
Current Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Date of Award: 2011
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Liminality, a state of being in-between, has been a conceptual tool of the social sciences for some time. In the last 30 years there has also been a growing academic concern with exile, the 'age of the refugee', migration, cultural identity, and what are arguably symptoms of the late-capitalist phenomenon that Auqe has termed 'supermodernity'. However, there is a paucity of exploration of the concepts of Iiminality and the exilic condition combined in contemporary visual art. This thesis proposes that the exilic condition can be examined in terms of its liminal aspects. More specifically it proposes that a concept of arrested Iiminality makes possible the analysis of the exilic condition as a manifestation of an incomplete transition. The research found evidence that memory is a factor in preventing the completion of such transitions. It also seeks to show that broken social bonds are a more accurate indicator of the exilic condition fhan physical displacement. The research takes as its starting point the investigation, design and . making of a creative body of work, as an explicit and intentional method of generating research data. The theoretical framework for the evaluation, analysis and synthesis of the data follows Scrivener's basic structure for the form of a creative-production project. The detailed concepts and hypotheses are allowed to emerge from the work (data) by the use of grounded theory. Researching through mixed media resulted in six sets of artworks that allowed the varied facets of arrested liminality to be made visible. The concept of arrested liminality, emergent from reflection in practice, was found to contribute to a more precise understanding of the generic condition of exile, and of the key role played by memory in generating the exilic condition.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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