Contesting Territorial Fixity?: A Case Study of Regeneration in Belfast

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This paper looks at urban regeneration in Belfast as a stage on which the interaction between different structural dynamics (political, economic and cultural) is manifested in the city. It discusses how contested ideas of ‘space’, ‘place’ and ‘territory’ frame the ways in which Belfast has changed over recent years and asks if regeneration itself has the potential to transform the dynamic of deep-rooted ethno-national divisions. The research question is explored through a case study of proposed urban regeneration in north Belfast. It is found that, while there is evidence of transition to less exclusivistic attitudes in leisure and work spaces, asymmetrical conflict over residential space persists in ways which reproduce deep-rooted political and cultural patterns of territorial fixity and division.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2013-2028
Number of pages16
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number10
Early online date13 Dec 2010
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies


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