Possibilities for change? Diversity in Post-Conflict Belfast

Carey Doyle, Ruth McAreavey

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Belfast is often presented as an exemplary divided or post-conflict city. However, this focus can be limiting and an exploration of alternative narratives for Belfast is needed. This paper investigates the diversification of post-conflict Belfast in light of the substantial migration which has occurred in the last decade, outlining the complexities of an emerging narrative of diversity. We note discrepancies in how racial equality is dealt with at an institutional level and report on the unevenness of migrant geographies, issues which require future consideration. We also raise questions that problematize the easy assumption that cultural diversity ameliorates existing sectarian divisions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-475
Number of pages10
JournalCity: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action
Issue number4 - 5
Early online date24 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • migrant, post-conflict, Belfast, diversity


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