Title

AN ANALYSIS OF ECONOMIC INSECURITY

Publication Date

4-5-2019

Document Type

Poster

Degree Type

Undergraduate

Department

Politics and Government

Mentor

Michaelene Cox

Mentor Department

Politics and Government

Abstract

This research project is one of a series of individual photo essays undertaken to explore current or potential human security threats at the local level. The essay focuses specifically on economic dimensions related to risks to individual well-being and dignity in Bloomington-Normal. Often overlooked, these economic dimensions reveal prevalent issues in the community such as poverty, unemployment, and limited health accessibility. Studies in human security are generally regarded as interdisciplinary frameworks centered on the welfare of people, rather than conventional state-centered notions of national security and are often linked to discussions about freedom from want and freedom from fear. There are few studies that employ this concept at local levels within developed countries, and thus our community serves as a site of inquiry for this class project. My own collection of captioned photographs and accompanying narratives underscores the subjective nature in determining who defines security, what it constitutes and who is at risk, and demonstrates that perceptions of human (in)security can be made visible through arts-based research methodologies. The final project will reveal threats and vulnerabilities of the local community one may not have initially noticed without a visual analysis.

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