Punk in Belfast, Northern Ireland: critical perspectives on the Troubles and post-conflict “peace”

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Abstract

Punk’s resonance has been felt strongly here. Against the backdrop of the Troubles and the “post-conflict” situation in Northern Ireland, punk has provided an anti-sectarian alternative culture. The overarching conflict of the Troubles left gaps for punk to thrive in, as well as providing the impetus for visions of an “Alternative Ulster,” but the stuttering shift from conflict to post-conflict has changed what oppositional identities and cultures look like. With the advent of “peace” (or a particular version of it at least) in the late 1990s, this space is being squeezed out by “development” agendas while counter-culture is co-opted and neutered—and all the while sectarianism is further engrained and perpetuated. This chapter examines punk’s positioning within (and against) the conflict-warped terrain of Belfast, especially highlighting punk’s critical counter-narrative to the sectarian, neoliberal “peace.”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter17
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9780190859565
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • punk
  • Belfast
  • Northern Ireland
  • Ulster
  • peace
  • conflict
  • the Troubles
  • Sectarianism
  • counterculture
  • anarchism

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