Teens and territory in 'post-conflict' Belfast

If walls could talk

By Madeleine Leonard

Teens and territory in 'post-conflict' Belfast


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9624-2
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2017
  • BIC Category: Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Peace studies & conflict resolution, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Sociology, Peace studies & conflict resolution, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General


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.


1 Place and identity
2 Researching young people's perceptions and experiences of place
3 The making and shaping of Belfast: an emplaced approach
4 It's just another brick in the wall: teens' perceptions and experiences of peace walls, flags and murals
5 Making and engaging bodies: everyday life in interface areas
6 City centre: same city but a different place?
7 Conclusions: moving beyond segregated localities


Madeleine Leonard is Professor in Sociology at Queen's University Belfast

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