The “miracle” of Fatima : Media Framing and the regeneration of a Dublin Housing Estate (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No. 47


Conway, Brian and Cahill, Lynne M. and Corcoran, Mary (2009) The “miracle” of Fatima : Media Framing and the regeneration of a Dublin Housing Estate (NIRSA) Working Paper Series. No. 47. Working Paper. NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper examines media coverage of one local authority housing estate in Dublin city with a difficult past. Fatima Mansions was built in the late 1940s and enjoyed an unremarkable history up until the 1970s. A heroin problem developed in the estate in the 1980s and contributed to its negative media construction. Beginning at the end of the 1990s and continuing to the present, a regeneration project worked hard to dislodge earlier interpretations of the estate. A qualitative analysis of different media spaces that represented this change process shows how the media tuned into it and that earlier negative meaning-making in the late 1990s was later displaced by visual imagery, audio recordings and textual accounts with a more positive valence. The paper argues that media representations of social problems may not be authoritative and media agenda-setting is more provisional and open-ended than is commonly assumed.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Keywords: Urban regeneration; Dublin; Fatima Mansions; Ireland; Regeneration; NIRSA; miracle;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
Item ID: 1521
Depositing User: NIRSA Editor
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2009 12:01
Publisher: NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis
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