Silence and visual representations of anti-violence campaigns in cosmopolitan Brisbane

Igreja, Victor (2018) Silence and visual representations of anti-violence campaigns in cosmopolitan Brisbane. Anthropology in Action, 25 (1). pp. 15-28. ISSN 0967-201X

Abstract

In spite of the growing public focus on domestic violence (DV) in mainstream Australian society, ethnographers have remained aloof from analysing this problem. In an ethnographic study in the Brisbane region, I analysed people’s perceptions of anti-violence images that were part of a public campaign and assessed the appropriateness of the images’ locations. Occasionally, my interlocutors unexpectedly included accounts of DV. My analysis reveals the tensions between public display and the concealment underlying the campaign. The interlocutors revealed experiences of competing responsibilities related to DV. The use of subtle images of anti-violence in locations filled with competing images, coupled with a failure to consider historical continuities and changes in local imaginaries of violence, exposed the difficulties associated with conveying persuasive messages of DV prevention.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 05:09
Last Modified: 29 May 2018 23:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: domestic violence; ethnography; persuasive messages; conflicts; silence; imagination; visual representations; prevention; global trends
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940402 Crime Prevention
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3167/aia.2018.250103
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34112

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