Galasinska, Aleksandra
July 2003
Narrative Inquiry;2003, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p393
Academic Journal
In the article I am interested in how places in the Polish border town of Zgorzelec represented on photographs are incorporated into the narratives of informants viewing them. In particular I shall focus on a sociotemporal shift present in my interviewees' accounts of photographically represented space. In the discourse associated with the place of living there is a flow from the concrete reality, indexically represented in the photographs, to the sociospatial un-reality of 'blurred boundaries'. Moreover, even though presented with the relatively specific historical time of the photograph, the informants' narratives invariably tended to hover around the very concrete temporal dimension of the present day. I argue that these shifts in reading the photographs indicate both the global context of continuing uprootedness and displacement of my interviewees, who despite almost six decades of Polish residency in Zgorzelec, still do not feel at home there, and, at the same time, the more local context of present-day political disappointment.


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