Teens and territory in 'post-conflict' Belfast

If walls could talk

by Madeleine Leonard

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This book provides a thought provoking and comprehensive account of teenagers' perceptions and experiences of the physical and symbolic divisions that exist in 'post conflict' Belfast. By examining the micro-geographies of young people from segregated areas and drawing attention to the social practices, discourses and networks that directly or indirectly shape how teenagers make sense of and negotiate life in Belfast, the book provides a timely response to the neglect of the experiences of young people growing up in 'post conflict' societies. The voices of these young people need to be heard alongside the often partial accounts of young people who live in communities that have benefitted from the peace process. While both are part of the 'post conflict' generation how this plays out in the daily practices and experiences of those who continue to reside in segregated communities needs to be articulated and understood before Belfast can truly claim its 'post-conflict' status.
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This book provides a timely and necessary response to the neglect of the perceptions and experiences of young people growing up in 'post conflict' societies using Belfast as a case study. Despite a great deal of research on the social, economic and political consequences of the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland, few studies have examined young people's attitudes to and experiences of living in a 'post-conflict' society. We still know relatively little about how young people relate to concepts such as space, place and territory in divided societies. This book addresses this vacuum. By presenting a detailed rich ethnographic account of how teenagers living in segregated localities in Belfast access and use local and city centre space, the book contributes to knowledge about the role of young people in both sustaining conflict and overcoming divisions. Teenagers' spatial practices provide insight into how the regenerated, rebranded, repacked, 'post conflict' city is experienced, perceived, negotiated and imagined by a group whose voices are often absent or regarded as peripheral. While the book presents a case study of Belfast, its appeal is not limited to those interested in Ireland. Rather, through this detailed case study the book aims to address wider questions concerning the role of young people in politically contested societies. The book underlines the need to take on board young people's ways of seeing and contributes to knowledge about appropriate ways to engage young people in research. The book should appeal to undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and policy makers across a range of disciplines including childhood studies, sociology, geography, political science, peace, and reconciliation studies.

Reviews

This book provides a timely and necessary response to the neglect of the perceptions and experiences of young people growing up in 'post conflict' societies using Belfast as a case study. Despite a great deal of research on the social, economic and political consequences of the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland, few studies have examined young people's attitudes to and experiences of living in a 'post-conflict' society. We still know relatively little about how young people relate to concepts such as space, place and territory in divided societies. This book addresses this vacuum. By presenting a detailed rich ethnographic account of how teenagers living in segregated localities in Belfast access and use local and city centre space, the book contributes to knowledge about the role of young people in both sustaining conflict and overcoming divisions. Teenagers' spatial practices provide insight into how the regenerated, rebranded, repacked, 'post conflict' city is experienced, perceived, negotiated and imagined by a group whose voices are often absent or regarded as peripheral. While the book presents a case study of Belfast, its appeal is not limited to those interested in Ireland. Rather, through this detailed case study the book aims to address wider questions concerning the role of young people in politically contested societies. The book underlines the need to take on board young people's ways of seeing and contributes to knowledge about appropriate ways to engage young people in research. The book should appeal to undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and policy makers across a range of disciplines including childhood studies, sociology, geography, political science, peace, and reconciliation studies.

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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: September 2017
  • English
  • 9780719096242 / 0719096243
  • United Kingdom
  • Primary Price: 115 USD
  • Manchester University Press
  • Readership: Children/juvenile; College/higher education; Professional and scholarly
  • Publish State: Published
  • Dimensions: 234 X 156 mm
  • Reference Code: 4237