Environmental Affordances and Children in Post-conflict Belfast

Brendan Murtagh, Aisling Murphy

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This paper examines the experiences of children in post-conflict Belfast as peace and social change afford new opportunities at the same time as they regulate behaviours and spatial practices. Theoretically and empirically it draws on the concept of environmental affordances in order to map the experiences of 11-year-old children in separate inner-city segregated and middle-class communities. Whilst the recession has affected the pace of urban restructuring, children in the expanding mixed and largely middleclass city extract multiple advantages from their area in ways not available to segregated communities. The paper concludes by highlighting the implications for effective listening strategies in the management of divided communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-79
Number of pages15
JournalSpace and Polity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


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