My Journey towards a Walking Ethnography of Hostile Spaces

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Despite the political peace established in 1998 by the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland continues to grapple with its recent past and with the uncertainty Brexit has introduced. Sectarianism persists and structures daily lives through segregation and hostility. Walking has allowed me to encounter sites and symbols of sectarian aggression that permeate this and similar working-class loyalist areas. Through my own experiences of engaging with spaces around me, I discovered the usefulness of walking as a methodology for understanding the spatial complexities of this place. Such an approach is particularly relevant in Northern Ireland where peace walls continue to mark the landscape and separate communities, and where highly visible, symbolic displays of sectarianism mark the territory using murals, graffiti, flags, and bonfires.
Original languageEnglish
TypeNotes from the Field
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2019


  • Walking Ethnography
  • Hostile Spaces
  • Sectarianism
  • Northern Ireland


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