Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present young people's attitudes to peace‐walls in Belfast and whether they feel that these peace‐walls should be temporary or permanent structures. Design/methodology/approach – The methodology is based on questionnaire responses from 125 young people between the ages of 14 and 15 from six schools located in areas in Belfast where Catholics and Protestants live side by side yet apart. The paper is also based on their responses to photo prompts, focus group discussions and images of peace‐walls drawn by some of the young people. Findings – The young people produced six discourses on peace‐walls in Belfast and these are outlined in the paper. Research limitations/implications – The paper endorses the necessity of incorporating young people's views of peace‐walls in Belfast as a prelude to finding ways in which to challenge taken‐for‐granted assumptions about the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland. Originality/value – The paper is original in that it addresses the neglect of young people's views on peace‐walls in Belfast and contributes to further understanding of the importance of capturing young people's spatial strategies in divided cities.
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 6, 2011
Keywords: Youth; Northern Ireland; Religion; Peace; Conflict; Cities
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