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Title: Art and public policy defining public space through the Re-Imaging Communities Programme 2006-2010
Author: Anderson, Nancy
ISNI:       0000 0004 6060 9571
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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The Re-Imaging Communities Programme ran from 2006 to 2010 as a way for groups to apply for funding to address sectarian and aggressive imagery. This research explores the context in which the Programme occurred, who was involved, and to what extent it affected change on the symbolic inventory used in Loyalist areas in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Simon Harrison’s Four Types of Symbolic Conflict acts as a framework for the research to explore of the power dynamic of those involved in the Programme. The research posits that the first symbolic conflict is achieved through the use of commoditisation to define and change the value of a symbol. The second is accomplished by using the Programme to alter the context of the symbol, thus attempting to change its interpretation. The third conflict occurs through the use of language to target and categorise specific groups with a focus on gaining access to and changing their symbolic inventory. Finally, the last conflict is examined by addressing the issue of privatisation of work and of altering the symbolic inventory through the control of funding. The changes that occurred through participation in the Re-Imaging Communities Programme led to increased dialogue and interaction between local groups, politicians, and funders but it did not fundamentally change the symbolic inventory in these areas.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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