Negotiating Civic Space in Belfast or The Tricolour: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow’

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What role does public civic space in Belfast city centre play in the negotiation of different political identities within the city? Focusing on key public events in this space the paper traces shifts in identity practices and focuses on negotiations over the uses of public space associated with Irish nationalism and British unionism. This, it is argued, gives a more sophisticated understanding of different types of ‘shared space’. The events probed are seen as precursors and possibly drivers of political change. It is concluded that the increased sharing of civic space has probably contributed to improved political relations within the city, though there remains the challenge of
understanding how public space might more effectively be used to influence
relationships between the city’s political identities in the longer term.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publication
PublisherEconomic and Social Research Council
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Commissioning Body / Publisher: Divided Cities/Contested States


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