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Narrative-Making and Recording Trauma: Reflections from Northern Ireland

  • Katy Radford
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Abstract

The act of narrative-making after ethno-national conflict and war can be considered a collective process with personal and political ends including that of reconciliation. Its efficacy is as dependant on the commissioner and receiver of the narrative as it is on its creator or contributor. Witness-bearing through visual, verbal and other dramatic renditions of individuals’ grief, suffering and abuse can be reflected on as a positive example of resilience-building and as a catalyst for change, recovery and transformation. It also provides opportunities for voyeurism and the commodification and legitimisation of violence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Conflict ResearchBelfastUK

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