Conflict and belonging: socially engaged art practice as a resource for resilience-building in rurban communities
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Rapidly expanding rural ("rurban") areas are generally discussed with regard to logistical and administrative challenges while the impact of expansion on community resilience remains relatively unexamined. This paper describes a preliminary study on rurban community resilience with a view to supporting these communities with digital socially engaged art interventions. A series of focus groups, conducted to better understand the strengths of and challenges faced by rurban communities, demonstrated nuanced notions of identity as well as identity tensions that paradoxically contribute to a sense of belonging and inclusion. We propose that engaging with this kind of 'identity work' is a necessary first step for those who wish to deploy digital SEA interventions in communities undergoing rapid changes.
Community resilience , Digital socially-engaged art , Identity work , Rapidly expanding rural communities , Rurban communities
Murray, M., Pantidi, N. and Hogan, T. (2019) 'Conflict and belonging: socially engaged art practice as a resource for resilience-building in rurban communities', C&T 2019: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities and Technologies - Transforming Communities, Vienna, Austria, 3-7 June, pp. 60-64. doi: 10.1145/3328320.3328388
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