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From the Ground Up: Journeys Through the Leitrim Landscape
Magrath, Conor
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?
Keyword(s): Leitrim landscape; walking; Irish music; hegemony; sustainable living; activism; community education; M. Ed. in Adult and Community Education; M.Ed.
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Type: Master thesis (research)
Peer-Reviewed: No
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): Magrath, Conor (2016) From the Ground Up: Journeys Through the Leitrim Landscape. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
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