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The visual communication of Brexit in Northern Ireland: decoding public imagery on identity, politics and Europe

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Megan ArmstrongORCiD, Clare Rice



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The specific historical and political context of Northern Ireland has contributed to the development of an expansive visual landscape conveying symbolic meanings and messaging through words, pictures and colours. Murals, posters and graffiti are common ways in which this is seen, drawing a link between the past and the present, with real-time political developments not only inspiring new additions to this landscape but also shaping how existing images are understood in a contemporary context. Brexit, in interacting so intimately with matters of identity, economics, politics and the ‘constitutional question’ in Northern Ireland, has been one such development. This paper presents key findings from a study in which Brexit’s impact on the visual landscape in Northern Ireland was traced between March 2019 and June 2020. Through close analysis of images gathered from across Northern Ireland, alongside consideration of political developments during this time and desk-based research, we examine not only the emergence of Brexit in such imagery, but also what this unveils about the interaction between Brexit and localized perspectives on its impact with regard to politics across the spectrum, and across different parts of Northern Ireland.

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Author(s): Armstrong MA, Rice CAG, Warwick B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Territory, Politics, Governance

Year: 2022

Pages: Epub ahead of print

Online publication date: 14/09/2022

Acceptance date: 15/03/2021

Date deposited: 04/10/2022

ISSN (print): 2162-2671

ISSN (electronic): 2162-268X

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2022.2115544


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