Blog Entry: Identity and Politics Visual Map

Posted: May 14, 2012 in Social Justice Activism through Arts-based Research: Agency and Tranformative Identity Politics, Uncategorized

Hello dear bloggers,

This time we had to think about a product or a label in our daily life – or any products that affect our life or the life of others. Since we live in a country with a famous arms producer settled,
I decided to visualize the global market of weapon dealing. At first I was about to visualize the connections between the different countries, but soon I realized that the research for the needed background
information would take a seminar papers work time. Also I wanted to list the legal and illegal weapon exchanges. Instead I simply chose to research a top 10 list of weapon exports around the world.

Weapon Exports

With this map I want to raise the awareness of a big industry branch which is keeping a low profile in our society. It is a topic nobody talks about, because it is mainly acting behind the scenes.
The products this industry produces may (currently) not be influencing our daily life, but in a lot of other countries they are not only influencing life but ending it.

Sources:
The sources used to create this map were mainly Wikipedia articles and the “SIPRI Arms Transfers Database

Dennis de la Gala

EDIT:

I was googling (Wow. Is that even a word? I bet it is!) ” Social Justice & Weapon Dealing” and it threw up the following interesting article:

http://socialjusticefirst.com/2012/04/11/david-cameron-the-travelling-weapons-salesman/

Not surprisingly I was able to find the lines “Lord of War” too. My article was inspired by remembering this brilliant piece of movie-art.

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/05mv618.htm

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