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Art as Adaptation? Cultural Storytelling from the Rakhaine of Bangladesh


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Kirkby, P and Poon, H and Stratford, E (2014) Art as Adaptation? Cultural Storytelling from the Rakhaine of Bangladesh. Self-Published, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. ISBN 978-1-86295-935-4

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A geographer-artist research collaboration sought to investigate whether community art programs could contribute to building resilience in those communities most vulnerable to climate change. To such ends, community art programs—based on a model of cultural storytelling through collaborative art-making—were planned and implemented with a Rakhaine Buddhist minority group in coastal Bangladesh. Based upon an evaluation program, it was found that the programs were not only empowering, meaningful and fun for those who participated, but were capable of strengthening and mobilising the cultural capacities of the Rakhaine community, and building social cohesion and solidarity. This book presents an overview of the research project, along with a selection of the community’s block-print artworks and stories.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: climate change, cultural geography, Indigenous communities, geohumanities, community-based adaptation, participatory arts practice
Publisher: Self-Published
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Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2014 00:42
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 05:06
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