Silent Screams - Rights of the Child
By the late 20th Century the challenges posed by post modernism began to significantly alter the practices of the qualitative researcher. The hegemonic sway of the sciences and the authoritarian tone of the researcher's voice were questioned. Research, outside of the natural sciences, became understood as a subjective experience between the researcher and the researched. Communicative forms were interrogated and the subjectivities of the human condition, complex and multidimensional, became the focus of our curiosity. New models emerged within the traditional sober sciences that presented knowing as resulting from "塣tivities... that are able to relate or connect to any other (activities) in multiple, non-linear ways娡nd) can emerge from chaotic and complex states" (Sullivan, 2004, p.121). The Australian Photojournalist champions journalism and documentary practice as legitimate modes of social inquiry. 'Silent Screams" coincided with the 50th anniversary of the United Nations' Declaration of the Rights of the Child. In doing so it sought to present a snap shot of the lived experience of children across the minority and majority world. The understanding developed and discoveries made from this publication revolve around the notions of inequality, injustice and betrayal. But rather than simply state these notions, this publication seeks to allow the viewer to live the lives for just a few moments of those rendered voiceless through these poverty and being disenfranchised. The new knowledge lies in this lived experience.
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