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    From the Ground Up: Journeys Through the Leitrim Landscape


    Magrath, Conor (2016) From the Ground Up: Journeys Through the Leitrim Landscape. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    Abstract

    This research uses the landscape of county Leitrim as a spatial lens through which to view alternative forms of knowledge past and present. In the physical act of journeying through the landscape, by boat and on foot, I have encountered evidence of a range of social structures linked to place including: ‘off-the-grid’ living, community education, political resistance, pre-Christian rituals and indigenous music. This research explores Leitrim’s rural landscape as a site of subjugated or outmoded knowledge, as well as a site of deep-rooted tensions: old/new; local/global; native/foreigner etc. These forms of knowledge and counter-hegemonic spaces sit in opposition to the increasingly globalised systems of knowledge operating in the West. This research addresses questions such as: Who determines the value or usefulness of knowledge? How is knowledge mediated, preserved or discarded? To what extent is rural living a counter-hegemonic action?

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Additional Information: This thesis should be considered in tandem with three original short films and music compositions contained on the enclosed DVD.
    Keywords: Leitrim landscape; walking; Irish music; hegemony; sustainable living; activism; community education; M. Ed. in Adult and Community Education; M.Ed.;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 9602
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2018 11:54
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